Facebook announces AI tool to fight revenge porn

15 Mar 2019

Facebook announced new measures to identify and remove non-consensual intimate images (also known as revenge porn) shared via the social media platform, as well as to support victims of such abuse. The company will be using a new detection technology, powered by machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), to 'proactively detect near-nude images or videos that are shared without permission on Facebook and Instagram'. Once identified by the AI tool, the content is reviewed by a member of Facebook's Community Operations Team, who will decide whether to remove the image or the video. The removal will also be accompanied by disabling the account from which the content was shared without permission  in most cases. Facebook has also launched the Not Without My Consent victim-support hub, for victims of revenge porn to be able to look for organisations and resources to support them.

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Privacy and data protection are two interrelated Internet governance issues. Data protection is a legal mechanism that ensures privacy. Privacy is usually defined as the right of any citizen to control their own personal information and to decide about it (to disclose information or not). Privacy is a fundamental human right. It is recognised in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and in many other international and regional human rights conventions. The July 2015 appointment of the first UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy in the Digital Age reflects the rising importance of privacy in global digital policy, and the recognition of the need to address privacy rights issues the the global, as well as national levels.

One of the main sociocultural issues is content policy, often addressed from the standpoints of human rights (freedom of expression and the right to communicate), government (content control), and technology (tools for content control). Discussions usually focus on three groups of content:

 

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