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Facebook is using AI to automatically flag potential 'false news' for fact-checkers

By Polycount · 7 replies
Sep 13, 2018
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  1. Following the discovery that foreign parties used Facebook to spread misinformation during the US' 2016 presidential elections, the platform has promised to eradicate the issue over time.

    It seems the company's hard work in this regard is finally beginning to bear fruit - in a blog post published today, Facebook's Product Manager Antonia Woodford discussed some of the major changes the company has made to reduce the spread of "false news."

    Facebook has already taken the first steps towards accomplishing their goal by partnering with several third-party fact-checkers. These individuals review and rate the accuracy of various pieces of content, including captioned images, and videos.

    However, Facebook has been aiming to speed up the process by working behind-the-scenes on "new technology" that uses the power of machine learning to identify "potentially false" content automatically.

    The AI does not make any final decisions for itself, though. Instead, it passes it on to one of the previously-mentioned fact checkers for review.

    To handle the soon-to-be-increased workload, Facebook has promised to expand its fact-checking programs for photos and videos to 17 countries around the world, bringing on new partners along the way.

    So, how does Facebook's new system work? The company's content-flagging AI uses "engagement signals" (most likely shares, comments, likes, or direct feedback) to find content that could be exaggerated or misleading.

    Once it does that, fact-checkers will use "visual verification techniques" (such as reverse image searches) and general research strategies to come to a conclusion about the content's accuracy.

    Facebook says that the sources fact-checkers use are trustworthy, so they probably won't be relying on Wikipedia for their information.

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  2. OutlawCecil

    OutlawCecil TS Guru Posts: 616   +447

    Waits for comments... *whine whine* but that's censorship! How will we elect another celebrity dummy president after this one is gone? I enjoy actual fake news and am afraid fact-checking websites are one-sided even though every one of them gives you the details of their findings.
  3. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,759   +1,980

    The problem is that both Republicans and Democrats have their own set of facts they run on. Whatever organization is running the fact checking software gets to choose who checks facts. There are unbiased fact checkers online, but let's be frank here, Facebook is heavily liberal biased.

    Me, I'm about to give up on "facts" to go live in a cabin in the woods with a dog.
    thews86, Reehahs and psycros like this.
  4. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,399   +431

    Republicans think everything but Fox news in liberal biased. In reality it is fox news that is conservative biased, everyone else lives in reality.

    Link one video where Trump states a numerical fact since his presidency.
    regiq likes this.
  5. Duke9192

    Duke9192 TS Enthusiast Posts: 17   +26

    Why don't you link one with Obama doing the same or Hillary? I don't have time for the link, but I do remember Obama during the election stating that jobs aren't coming back and that Trump says he's gonna bring them back but he really doesn't have a way to do it. Numerically speaking, Obama was incorrect and our economy is booming since President Trump won the election against Hillary's illegal private email server. You should come out of your safe CNN space. Fox News may cover the right side more than the other networks, but they don't completely fabricate story's to trash opposing candidates. I dare you to ask for links to prove that CNN has done just that, many times......
    psycros likes this.
  6. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 2,578   +2,298

    It amazes me that in an age of near-magical levels of technology people still want to believe their ideology is sacred and infallible. The only guides you need are common sense and an understanding of human nature. These SJWs who cry and march over non-issues are so empty inside that they have to manufacture false outrage to give their lives meaning. At least the doomsday preppers on the other side of the spectrum understand that survival itself is a noble pursuit. When you realize that about 75% of the population cares about *nothing* but their immediate family and personal comfort you will view the world with far greater clarity. Take away the grocery stores and restaurants for a week and you'll find out how much the political system really matters. Our society maintains an illusion of choice solely to placate the masses. The day that no longer suffices the storm troopers will be patrolling the streets and randomly kicking in doors the way they do outside the West. Six companies control ALL major media in the western world. Four major agribusiness conglomerates control virtually ALL food distribution. Look at any sector of the economy and the story is the same. Then look at who sits on the boards of all the biggest multinationals. Over and over its the same elite cadre of business and political leaders who continually travel through the revolving door between the public and private sector (and often have a foot in both - conflict of interest be damned). The "truth" is whatever these megalomaniacs need it to be in order to expand their control. 99% of fake news is created by these ruling elites as a distraction. Its all about keeping us at each other's throats while the financiers and politicians laugh all the way to the banks they control. If this all sounds very cynical and depressing, you're absolutely right. If I had known years ago how I would feel once I learned the truth I would have gladly remained ignorant.
    senketsu, yRaz and Reehahs like this.
  7. OutlawCecil

    OutlawCecil TS Guru Posts: 616   +447

    Do you even hear yourself? Trump has literally brainwashed you into talking jibberish just like he does. Perfect example:
    "President Trump won the election against Hillary's illegal private email server"
    I didn't realize Trump had an election against a server. Interesting.

    And lets talk about Fox news. Look up numbers on how much people trust the news from Fox. Don't trust other sources? How about hearing the approval ratings from Fox itself? https://www.independent.co.uk/news/...ake-least-trusted-network-table-a8296981.html

    So in the end, I'd turn your comment back on you and say "come out of your safe Fox News space" and listen to... every news station ever that agrees with all the other news stations. Stop listening to just one and form your own opinions for once.
    treetops likes this.
  8. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,399   +431

    took less then a minute... 10 minute mark prison pop doubled.... just scrolled until I heard a statistic then googled it gl doing that with Trump

    12 min mark, 20 years ago this week

    ok all and all this took me less then 5 minutes, gl with Trump.

    No one has time to link anything numerical fact Trump has said since his presidency, because he has not said one. He couldn't even accurately list his own height and weight. He claimed he grew an inch in his 70s....


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