Protecting Facebook Live from Abuse

In a recent press release Facebook shared the good news of advancements made in protecting its #Live feature from abuse. its live streaming service after it was used to broadcast the shocking mass shootings that left 50 dead at two Christchurch mosques in New Zealand in March. It was certainly our worst nightmare come true where a horrific mass murder was live telecasted.

As per Facebook's press release “Tackling these threats also requires technical innovation to stay ahead of the type of adversarial media manipulation we saw after Christchurch when some people modified the video to avoid detection in order to repost it after it had been taken down. This will require research driven across industry and academia. To that end, we’re also investing $7.5 million in new research partnerships with leading academics from three universities, designed to improve image and video analysis technology.“

Not only is Facebook researching new methods and tech to ensure such content is removed from its platform quickly, it is also looking into enforcing community guidelines strictly.

Starting today, even a single violation of the community guidelines will lead to banning of the user from using the Live feature so a set period of time.

They are partnering with The University of Maryland, Cornell University and The University of California, Berkeley to research new techniques to:
  • Detect manipulated media across images, video and audio, and
  • Distinguish between unwitting posters and adversaries who intentionally manipulate videos and photographs.
These are certainly welcomed steps in the right direction, though taking an India perspective I think a lot more work needs to be done in this field. With over 2 billion active users, and most of them in India, areas such as caste based abused, regional sensitivity, matters of national security have to be understood and included in community guidelines. Also viewing content from the perspective of Indian national and state laws is extremely important. Its essential that Facebook develops and India centric approach for its Indian users.
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