Facebook and Instagram are starting to detect drug dealers trying to sell on the social networks with the help of artificial intelligence.Proactive detection technology will be used across the two platforms to look out for signs that someone is attempting to sell drugs, such as images, alongside prices, phone numbers or usernames for other social media accounts.“By catching more posts automatically, this technology allows our team to use their expertise instead to investigate accounts, Pages, Groups and hashtags, as well as work with experts to spot the next trends,” Kevin Martin, vice president for public policy in the US at Facebook, said. The move is part of a joint initiative between Facebook, Google and Twitter called Tech Together to Fight the Opioid Crisis, which aims to help people struggling with addiction in the States, amid a deepening opioid crisis.University of Alabama’s Computer Forensic Research Lab is working with the companies to flag content and … [Read more...] about Facebook and Instagram using AI to detect drug dealers
By Deepa Seetharaman The Wall Street Journal Wed., Nov. 14, 2018 LAGUNA BEACH, CALIF.-—Social media platforms have reached a crucial point where the executives overseeing them need to find ways to anticipate and block bad actors, Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom said. Over the last eight years, social-media services like Instagram and Facebook Inc. have attracted an unparalleled number of users. Instagram has more than a billion users, while Facebook’s monthly user base exceeds 2 billion. “The reach is so tremendous that it’s almost like the laws of physics no longer apply,” Mr. Systrom said at The Wall Street Journal’s WSJ Tech D.Live conference on Tuesday. “Now that we’re at this scale, what are the implications?” Problems like the Russian meddling in elections and the Cambridge Analytica crisis earlier this year underscore how important it is for executives to grapple with the downsides of their platforms, … [Read more...] about Social-media must confront downsides of scale, Instagram co-founder says
This week on Why’d You Push That Button, Vox.com’s Kaitlyn Tiffany and I give the people behind the camera some attention. We’re talking about Instagram boyfriends, or simply, the photographers who take everyone’s Instagram photos. The unsung heroes. We want to know how these people feel and how influencers decide who to ask to take their photo. We chat with Meredith Haggerty about the time she hired an Instagram boyfriend for Fashion Week in New York City a couple years ago. She wrote about the experience for Racked — I highly recommend it. Then Kaitlyn talks to a verified influencer couple, Rachel Hope and Alex Sunshine. Rachel is the face behind The Concrete Blonde, and she and Alex have had to navigate their relationship in both a romantic and business way. We’re now obsessed with them and their mutual support for each other. Finally, we chat with Mae Karwowski, the founder of influencer marketing company Obviously. Karwowski walks us through the … [Read more...] about Who’s your Instagram boyfriend?
Facebook and Instagram are using AI to spot drug dealers using their sites. The "proactive detection" technology allows the platforms to remove drug-related images before it has been seen or reported by users. Social media companies are attempting to stop their platforms being used to sell opioids as the US battles an addiction crisis. "Our technology is able to detect content that includes images of drugs and depicts the intent to sell with information such as price, phone numbers or usernames for other social media accounts," said Kevin Martin, head of US public policy at Facebook. He said this freed up human moderators to look at pages, groups and hashtags which may be linked to drug use, as well as looking at trends. The practice emerged as social media platforms announced a new group, Tech Together to Fight the Opioid Crisis, which also includes Google and Twitter. The companies are also working with experts at the University of Alabama to … [Read more...] about Facebook and Instagram to use AI to spot drug dealers
source Win McNamee/Getty Images Over 600,000 Americans followed Instagram accounts that are now believed to be run by Russian trolls. Facebook, Instagram’s parent company, deleted them just days before the 2018 midterms. The action came after the company was tipped off by the FBI. Over 600,000 Americans followed a series of fake Instagram and Facebook accounts suspected to be linked to Russia that were detected and removed just days before the 2018 midterms. On November 5 – the eve of the contentious midterm elections that saw Democrats take control of the House of Representatives – Facebook announced it had been informed by the FBI about “online activity that they belied was linked to foreign entities,” and subsequently took down dozens of accounts and pages. In an update on Tuesday, Facebook said it has now taken down 99 Instagram accounts, 36 Facebook accounts, and 6 Facebook Pages. 1.25 million Facebook … [Read more...] about Over 600,000 Americans followed fake Russia-linked Instagram accounts that were detected days before the midterms