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Facebook Asks If Men Could Request Sexual Photos From Minors

"Facebook users decide the rules by voting and tell Facebook"

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Facebook has over 217 million monthly active users in India and 212 million of them are active on smartphones. Pixabay
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Facebook has admitted that a survey asking users whether it should allow an adult man to ask a 14-year-old girl for sexual pictures was a “mistake”.

The social network ran a survey for some users on Sunday asking how they thought the company should handle grooming behavior, the Guardian reported on Monday.

The questions appeared on some users’ home feeds.

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Facebook one of the most popular apps in US. Pixabay

“In thinking about an ideal world where you could set Facebook’s policies, how would you handle the following: a private message in which an adult man asks a 14-year-old girl for sexual pictures,” posed one of the survey questions.

The responses available to users included: “This content should be allowed on Facebook, and I would not mind seeing it”; “This content should be allowed on Facebook but I don’t want to see it”; “This content should not be allowed on Facebook and no one should be able to see it” and “I have no preference on this topic”.

A second question asked who should decide the rules around whether or not the adult man should be allowed to ask for such pictures on Facebook.

Responses available included “Facebook users decide the rules by voting and tell Facebook” and “Facebook decides the rules on its own”.

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Facebook is coming up with a method to prevent revenge porn if you send your own nudes to yourself. Pixabay

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In neither survey question did Facebook allow users to indicate that law enforcement or child protection should be involved in the situation, the Guardian report said.

Facebook’s Vice President of Product, Guy Rosen, admitted the surveys was “a mistake”.

“We run surveys to understand how the community thinks about how we set policies,” Rosen was quoted as saying.

“But this kind of activity is and will always be completely unacceptable on Facebook. We regularly work with authorities if identified. It shouldn’t have been part of this survey. That was a mistake,” he said. (IANS)

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Facebook Seeking To Patent a Software To Build User’s Profile

Around 29 million Facebook accounts were hacked in September

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Facebook seeks to patent software to analyse who lives with you. Pixabay

Despite facing flak for leakage of personal data of millions of its users in recent times, Facebook is seeking to patent a software that could help it build profile of an user’s household – the number of people in the household, the interests that they share, nature of their relationships or even the devices that they use.

The software, which could be used to target ads, would analyse images posted to Facebook or Instagram, The Los Angeles Times reported on Friday.

An online system that predicts household features of a user — household size and demographic composition — provides improved and targeted content delivery to the user and the user’s household, according to the patent application.

To help determine whether people live in the same home, the software could look at how often people are tagged in pictures together and at the captions of the photos, it said.

“Without such knowledge of a user’s household features, most of content items that are sent to the user are poorly tailored to the user and are likely ignored,” said the patent application, which was filed last year and made public on Thursday.

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Facebook could also incorporate “past posts, status updates, friendships, messaging history, past tagging history” and web browsing history to put together a profile of a household or family, the report added.

The proposed online system seeks to apply one or more models trained using deep learning techniques to generate the predictions.

“For example, a trained image analysis model identifies each individual depicted in the photos of the user; a trained text analysis model derive household member relationship information from the user’s profile data and tags associated with the photos,” stated the application.

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Those profiles, in turn, could be made available to third parties that want to target “content” to users, it said.

Facebook told The Los Angeles Times that applying for the patent does not necessarily mean it will build or use the software.

Around 29 million Facebook accounts were hacked in September. (IANS)