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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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A television photographer shoots the sign outside of Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. VOA

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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Political Ad Spend Hits Rs 27.7 cr on Facebook as Polls End

Facebook had said that it was removing 10 lakh fake accounts a day in India

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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

Led by the Bharatiya Janata Party, political parties in India spent a total of Rs 27.73 crore on Facebook for posting political ads on the platform as the seven-phase general election ended on May 19.

From February 19 to May 19, political parties posted 124,094 ads on Facebook to reach out to their audiences, showed the latest data on Facebook Ad Library for India.

On Facebook, the BJP alone spent more than Rs 4 crore – 200 per cent more than the Congress which spend about Rs 1.8 crore.

Other big spenders were regional parties such as the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), the YSR Congress and Biju Janata Dal (BJD).

Facebook’s Ad Library, a searchable database, includes ads related to politics and issues of national importance run on Facebook or Instagram.

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FILE – The Facebook app icon is shown on an iPhone in New York. VOA

Supporters and affiliates of political parties account for most of the spending on the social media platforms.

The Election Commission of India has announced that among the posts taken down by various social media platforms, Facebook took down 650 posts.

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Of the posts taken down by Facebook, 482 were political posts during the “silence period” – 48 hours prior to polling, 73 political ads during the silence period, two violations of the Model Code of Conduct, 43 cases of voter misinformation, 28 were against public morality and decency, 11 were exit polls, and 11 were related to hate speech and undue influence.

Facebook had said that it was removing 10 lakh fake accounts a day in India. (IANS)