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New Delhi: The Facebook office in Hamburg, Germany was vandalized when 15-20 people wearing black clothes and hoods went on an overnight rampaging spree smashing glasses and disfiguring the walls of the social media’s office.

The group smashed glasses and painted “facebook dislike” on the entrance wall.

However, mystery shrouds over the actual motive behind the act. No arrests had been made so far.

It might be mentioned that there were allegations that officials of the social network major had violated laws of the German government and irked a few quarters. The attack might be a fallout of the controversy.

The attack might be a fallout of the controversy.

However, a spokesperson of Facebook rubbished the allegation stating, “the allegations lacked merit and none of the law of the German government was violated, neither by Facebook nor by its employees”.

While Germany was trying to cope with the influx of refugees, racial comments on social media had escalated to new heights. Police were also probing this angle to reach the crux of the issue.

Meanwhile, the European head of the social networking site was facing inquest over Facebook’s stringent crackdown to expunge racist hate speeches.

The company further beefed its vigilance to monitor the xenophobic comments on Facebook.

A manhunt was on to nab the culprits.

(With inputs from agencies)

(Picture courtesy: www.theguardian.com)

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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)