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New York: Twitter and Facebook have suspended the accounts of Bryce Williams who posted online the videos of the killing of two TV journalists in Virginia. The bizarre incident took place on Wednesday when Williams filmed himself shooting reporter Allison Parker and photographer Adam Ward in Moneta, Virginia.

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Both Twitter and Facebook suspended his profile pages within minutes, CNN reported. Twitter’s rules state that users “may not publish or post threats of violence against others or promote violence against others” .Similarly, Facebook prohibits people from “celebrating any crimes you’ve committed”, and removes graphic images if they are shared “to celebrate or glorify violence” .Williams, also known as Vester L. Flanagan, was a reporter for WDBJ, a CNN affiliate where Ward and Parker also worked. Flanagan posted two videos of the incident on Twitter and one on Facebook. One of them showed Flanagan walking up to Parker and Ward and pointing a gun at them. Another video showed Flanagan firing the gun. “I filmed the shooting,” he tweeted. The videos automatically played on the social media sites for anyone who looked at his accounts or saw a retweet of the original post. Both social networks rely on users to flag inappropriate posts, which they then review and determine if an account should be suspended or if a post should be removed. But neither platform pre-screens posts before they are published.

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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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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)