SAN FRANCISCO (THE WASHINGTON POST) - As a grisly video recorded by the alleged perpetrator of Friday’s (March 15) bloody massacres at two New Zealand mosques played out on YouTube and other social media, Mr Neal Mohan, 5,950km away in San Bruno, California, had the sinking realisation that his company was going to be overmatched – again. Mr Mohan, YouTube's chief product officer, had assembled his war room - a group of senior executives known internally as "incident commanders" who jump into crises, such as when footage of a suicide or shooting spreads online. The team worked through the night, trying to identify and remove tens of thousands of videos - many repackaged or recut versions of the original footage that showed the horrific murders. As soon as the group took down one, another would appear, as quickly as one per second in the hours after the shooting, Mr Mohan said in an interview. As its efforts faltered, the team finally took unprecedented steps - … [Read more...] about Inside YouTube’s struggles to shut down video of Christchurch shooting
Facebook shuts down artificial intelligence
SINGAPORE: It was not too long ago that Facebook was a politician’s best friend.As the social media platform started taking off in Singapore about a decade ago, politicians — from across the political spectrum — rushed to get onboard, setting up their Facebook accounts, posting comments and pictures, and engaging fellow users.At that time, it seemed as though Facebook could do no wrong, and politicians saw it as a godsend — an ideal platform not only to communicate their messages, but also to gather feedback and gauge public sentiments.Of late, however, Facebook has come under scrutiny around the world, as news emerge of how the social media giant inflated its metrics, tried to cover up data breaches, as well as allowed itself to be used as a conduit for spreading mis- and disinformation.Earlier this week, Facebook also admitted to hiring a Washington-based lobbying company that pushed negative stories about Facebook’s critics, including … [Read more...] about The Big Read: With Facebook’s credibility under siege, time for the Government to ‘unfriend’ it?
By Sarah Frier Bloomberg Tues., May 15, 2018 Facebook Inc. said it took down 583 million fake profiles in the first three months of the year, usually within minutes of their creation. The company also scrubbed 837 million pieces of spam and acted on 2.5 million instances of hate speech, it said on Tuesday in its first-ever report on how effectively it’s enforcing community standards. Facebook came under intense scrutiny earlier this year over the use of private data and the impact of unregulated content on its community of 2.2 billion monthly users, with governments around the world questioning the Menlo Park, California-based company’s policies. Today’s report, which will come out twice a year, can also show how well Facebook’s artificial intelligence systems learn to flag items that violate the rules before anyone on the site can see them. Read more: How fake Mark Zuckerbergs scam Facebook users Article Continued Below Facebook … [Read more...] about Facebook releases first-ever community standards report
April has been a stressful month for many, but particularly for Facebook founder and chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg. His frantic facial expressions and gloomy voices during his 10-hour-long, two-day congressional testimony proved that he is in a tough position. But the good news for him was that he became a little bit richer after spending a few arduous days in Washington, DC, as his shares at Facebook jumped during the hearings. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox In addition to plans to solve the current issues and allegations that his billion-dollar company is facing, he also stressed the important steps his company is taking to tackle hate speech, particularly in Myanmar. On the first day of the testimony, Senator Patrick Leahy raised the Rohingya issue and asked Zuckerberg whether or not Facebook was able to take down a hate-speech post within 24 hours. In response, Zuckerberg explained three areas in which his company is working … [Read more...] about In Myanmar, hate speech runs deeper than Facebook
Mustafa Suleyman is a 33-year-old entrepreneur and activist. He sold his artificial intelligence company DeepMind to Google for £400 million in 2014. Suleyman dropped out of university and worked as an activist before getting involved in artificial intelligence. Mustafa Suleyman is one of the three cofounders of DeepMind, an artificial intelligence (AI) lab in London that was acquired by Google in 2014 for a reported £400 million – the search giant’s largest acquisition in Europe to date. Listen to a few of Suleyman’s talks on YouTube and you’ll quickly realise that he’s a left-leaning activist who wants to make the world a better place for everyone as opposed to an elite few. He differs from many of today’s tech founders in that he genuinely seems to care about the welfare of everyone on the planet. The 33 year old – affectionately known as “Moose” … [Read more...] about Mustafa Suleyman: The liberal activist who cofounded Google’s £400 million artificial intelligence lab