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Facebook Announces Investments in the Field of Artificial Intelligence

This process provides guidelines to help researchers and programmers design datasets, measure product performance, and test new systems through the lens of inclusivity

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Facebook has announced long-term investments in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to proactively detect content that violates its policies.

“To help us catch more of this problematic content, we’re working to make sure our AI systems can understand content with as little supervision as possible,” Manohar Paluri from Facebook’s AI team said during the company’s F8 conference in San Jose, California, on Thursday.

“Advances in natural language processing (NLP) have helped us create a digital common language for translation, so we can catch harmful content across more languages,” Paluri added.

Facebook has developed a new approach to object recognition called “Panoptic FPN” that has helped AI-powered systems understand context from the backgrounds of photos.

“Training models that combine visual and audio signals further improves results,” said Paluri.

Facebook is currently facing several probes across the world for privacy violations and the spread of harmful and biased content on its platforms, including WhatsApp.

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FILE – A man poses for a photo in front of a computer showing Facebook ad preferences in San Francisco, California, March 26, 2018. VOA

Joaquin Quinonero Candela from Facebook’s AI team said the company is building best practices for fairness to ensure AI protects people and does not discriminate against them a” into every step of product development.

“When AI models are trained by humans on datasets involving people, there is an inherent representational risk.

“If the datasets contain limitations, flaws or other issues, the resulting models may perform differently for different people,” said Candela.

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To manage that risk, Facebook said it has developed a new process for inclusive AI.

This process provides guidelines to help researchers and programmers design datasets, measure product performance, and test new systems through the lens of inclusivity.

“For vision, those dimensions include skin tone, age and gender presentation and for voice, they include dialect, age and gender, said the company. (IANS)

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Facebook Loses its Place Among the World’s 10 Most Valuable Brands

Only 28 per cent of Facebook users believed the company is committed to privacy, down from a high of 79 per cent

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FILE - In this April 30, 2019, file photo, Facebook stickers are laid out on a table at F8, Facebook's developer conference in San Jose, Calif. The Boston-based renewable energy developer Longroad Energy announced in May that Facebook is building a… VOA

Hit by privacy scandals and year-round investigations, Facebook has lost its place among the world’s 10 most valuable brands in global brand consultancy Interbrand’s annual ranking of best top 100 brands.

Facebook fell to the 14th spot. Two years back, the social networking giant was at the eighth spot in the list, billed as a “rapidly appreciating” brand.

Apple led the top 100 best brands’ list, followed by Google and Amazon. Microsoft was the fourth, Coca Cola fifth and Samsung came sixth on the list.

The seventh spot was grabbed by Toyota, Mercedes was the eighth, McDonald’s ninth and Disney was at the 10th spot.

Pitching for breaking up Facebook, US-based software giant Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff has called the social networking platform “new cigarettes” which are making kids addictive. Benioff said that the company must be held accountable now.

Several US lawmakers like Senators Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren have also been pitching to break up Facebook.

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Nearly 40 state attorneys general in the US have decided to join probe against Facebook’s anti-competitive business practices.

Facebook this year agreed to pay $5 billion as a settlement to the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over privacy violations.

According to a survey by independent research firm Ponemon Institute in 2018, users’ confidence in Facebook plunged by 66 per cent after Cambridge Analytica data scandal involving 87 million users.

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Only 28 per cent of Facebook users believed the company is committed to privacy, down from a high of 79 per cent.

“We found that people care deeply about their privacy and when there is a mega data breach, as in the case of Facebook, people will express their concern. And some people will actually vote with their feet and leave,” Ponemon said in a statement. (IANS)