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Facebook adapting artificial intelligence solutions as well as other policies to curb online abuse on women in social network

October 31, 2019

Briefing:
  • Online Protection for Women – Facebook announced adoption of several practices to make social media platform safer for women on October 29, 2019
  • Automated Nudity Blocking – Using machine learning and other artificial intelligence techniques to automatically detect nude or near-nude images and videos without requiring humans to report them
  • Existing Blocking Mechanism – 2017 pilot program allows women to report intimate photos, enabling Facebook to destroy and block sharing of images using digital fingerprinting and photo-matching technology
  • Safety Guidelines – Updated community policies to include prohibiting targeted cursing, profanity or hate speech against women in July 2019
  • Other Tools – Include greater user controls, such as ignoring unwanted messages, blocking certain people without them being notified, reporting violating behavior, and giving women in countries like India, Pakistan and Egypt control who can download or share their profile image
  • Collaboration – Also worked with anthropological and cognitive linguists, women’s rights advocates and safety organizations to identify abusive and harassing behaviors for various countries and cultures

Image Source: Facebook Newsroom

Image Source: Facebook Newsroom

Business Model and Practices: Data, Interfaces and Algorithms
Sector: Information Technology
Functions: Customer Experience and Service, Legal, Research and Development
Organization: Facebook Inc.
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Original Publication Date: October 29, 2019

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