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Chennai: Social network sites and tech companies are playing their part in the rescue operation of Chennai floods.

Facebook activated the “Safety Check” feature for its users in Chennai early on Thursday, while Google has compiled all critical information under its “Crisis Response” tool to provide them relief in the flood-hit city, media reports said.

Those in the Indian city of Chennai can mark themselves as “safe” from the floods.

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As the torrential rains in Chennai continued for the fourth straight day, with power and telephone lines down in many areas owing to flooding, Facebook’s Safety Check feature would allow people to mark themselves as “safe” from the floods, Time reported.

The feature, which debuted in October 2014, allows Facebook to ask users whether they’re safe if located near a natural disaster. A click or tap on the “I’m Safe” button lets friends and loved ones know straight away. Users can also check to see whether their friends are safe too.

BSNL has announced free calls from BSNL to BSNL network for next seven days. Airtel has announced 10 Airtel to Airtel minutes and 30 rupee recharge. Airtel also announced that 50 MB data will be given all prepaid users.

Paytm also announced a 30 rupee recharge to any customer. All they have to do is call on a given  number. MTS is giving free 1 GB data to its all users for next three days.

Zomato has started a meal scheme wherein the company will provide a meal for Chennai residents for each meal purchased via its website. The meal scheme resulted in over 55,000 people across India buying meals and Zomato adding 55,000 from its own side for the people of Chennai.

Ola was the first to give help by providing boats to people stuck in the flood.

Social media users across the country were all praise for the efforts these companies have made.

Other than that people through their Facebook and Twitter accounts are trying to give as much help as possible. In this tragedy, India has come out with hope and fight.

(IANS)

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AI Couldn’t Catch NZ Attack Video Streaming: Facebook

Facebook said it was exploring how AI could help it react faster to this kind of content on a live streamed video

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This photograph taken on May 16, 2018, shows a figurine standing in front of the logo of social network Facebook on a cracked screen of a smartphone in Paris. VOA

Facing flak for failure to block the live broadcast of the New Zealand terrorist attack last week, Facebook on Thursday said that its Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools were not “perfect” to detect the horrific video.

Vowing to improve its technology, the social networking giant, however, ruled out adding a time delay to Facebook Live, similar to the broadcast delay sometimes used by TV stations.

“There are millions of Live broadcasts daily, which means a delay would not help address the problem due to the sheer number of videos,” Guy Rosen, Facebook’s Vice President of Integrity, said in a statement.

“More importantly, given the importance of user reports, adding a delay would only further slow down videos getting reported, reviewed and first responders being alerted to provide help on the ground,” Rosen added.

Strapped with a GoPro camera to his head, the gunman broadcast graphic footage of the New Zealand shooting via Facebook Live for 17 minutes, which was later shared in millions on other social media platforms, including Twitter and YouTube.

Fifty people were killed and dozens injured in the shootings at Al Noor Mosque and the Linwood Avenue Masjid in Christchurch on March 15 after 28-year-old Australian Brenton Tarrant opened indiscriminate firings.

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This photo shows a Facebook app icon on a smartphone in New York. VOA

The circulation of the video on social media platforms attracted widespread criticism from different quarters.

In a letter to CEOs of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson asked the technology companies to brief the US Congress on March 27 regarding their response to dissemination of the video on their platforms.

Thompson also warned the technology companies that unless they do better in removing violent content, the Congress could consider policies to bar such content on social media.

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Facebook on Thursday said it was exploring how AI could help it react faster to this kind of content on a live streamed video.

“AI has made massive progress over the years and in many areas, which has enabled us to proactively detect the vast majority of the content we remove. But it’s not perfect.

“However, this particular video did not trigger our automatic detection systems,” Rosen said, referring to the New Zealand attack video. (IANS)