Economy: "Facebook" begins checking images and videos to prevent misleading content

Economy: "Facebook" begins checking images and videos to prevent misleading content

Thursday, September 13,

Window on the World – Live: Facebook said it would begin to verify images and videos shared via the social networking platform to prevent the spread of false content.

"We know that this type of participation is particularly compelling because it is visible, but it also creates an easy opportunity for manipulation by bad users," the company said in a statement on Thursday.

Facebook has created an automated learning model that uses different signals and can learn people's reactions to identify potentially counterfeit content.

"We then send these images and videos to third party fact-checkers to sort the content on their own."

These auditors have experience in evaluating images and videos and are trained in visual verification techniques, such as searching for and analyzing the reverse image, as well as the time and place of taking the picture or video.

The company added that auditors can assess the truth or falsity of a photo or video by combining these skills and other journalistic practices, such as using research from experts, academics or government agencies.

The owner of the social networking site is stepping up efforts to try to protect the next midterm elections in the United States from foreign intervention.

The US Senate Commerce Committee announced yesterday that it will hold a hearing this month of major technology and communications companies, including Facebook, to discuss how to protect user data.

Source: Mubasher (Economy)

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