When you find something on Facebook you think is a bit too risqué, you make a report. A Facebook employee then takes the reported material and compares it against Facebook’s “company policies”. Now, however, Facebook has announced that it will be using artificial intelligence to detect offensive material.
According to Facebook’s director of applied machine learning, Joaquin Candela, says that the Facebook has slowly but surely been incorporating artificial intelligence into the way it monitors site content.
The social media giant uses AI in order to sort through all the millions of reports it receives each week. The computer sorts through content and duplicate reports, then send the information to an employee who reviews the information. The use of AI for scanning video will have to be fast in order to process the millions of videos that are uploaded to Facebook. Once scanned, the AI will also have to sort the material so that the proper content goes to the right Facebook expert.
While earlier in November Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg had announced that the company would be using AI for the detection of fraudulent news, Facebook was the center of controversy during the election when fake new about both candidates circled throughout the site.
Facebook is still in the research stages when it comes to using AI, but the company says it’s testing the automation on Facebook live, the options the user is given to post live video to the site. Candela described the system as “An algorithm that detects nudity, violence, or any of the things that are not according to our policies.”