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Social Media

Social Engagement vs. Social Good

Facebook’s management obstructed the architect of its recommendation algorithms from mitigating their negative social impact. The social network focused on reining in algorithmic bias against particular groups of users at the expense of efforts to reduce disinformation.
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Social Media

Human Disabilities Baffle Algorithms

Facebook’s content moderation algorithms block many advertisements aimed at disabled people. The social media platform’s automated systems regularly reject ads for clothing designed for people with physical disabilities.
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Social Media

Algorithms Against Disinformation

The worldwide pandemic and a contentious U.S. election whipped up a storm of automated disinformation, and some big AI companies reaped the whirlwind.
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Social Media

GAN Makes Pajamas Safe For Work

A new camera app uses a generative adversarial network to let users look like they’re dressed for success while they videoconference in their jammies. Xpression is an iPhone app that maps facial expressions onto till images in real time, allowing users to look clothed in digital costumes.
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Social Media

YouTube vs. Conspiracy Theorists

Facing a tsunami of user-generated disinformation, YouTube is scrambling to stop its recommendation algorithm from promoting videos that spread potentially dangerous falsehoods.
2 min read
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Social Media

Deepfakes for Good

A strategy manifesto from one of China’s biggest tech companies declares, amid familiar visions of ubiquitous AI, that deepfakes are more boon than bane.
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Social Media

Outing Hidden Hatred

Facebook uses automated systems to block hate speech, but hateful posts can slip through when seemingly benign words and pictures combine to create a nasty message. The social network is tackling this problem by enhancing AI’s ability to recognize context.
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Social Media

Facebook Likes Extreme Content

Facebook’s leadership has thwarted changes in its algorithms aimed at making the site less polarizing, according to the Wall Street Journal. The social network’s own researchers determined that its AI software promotes divisive content.
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False information about Covid-19 on Facebook posts
Social Media

Information Warfare: Covid Edition

Facebook’s AI can’t spot Covid-19 disinformation on its own. But with human help, it can slow the spread. Facebook uses a combination of humans and neural nets to crack down on messages that make false claims about Covid-19, which may have deadly consequences.
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Social Media

Voice Cloning for the Masses

Are you secretly yearning to have a My Little Pony character voice your next online presentation? A new web app can make your dreams come true. 15.ai translates short text messages into the voices of popular cartoon and videogame characters.
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Social Media

That Swipe-Right Look

In an online dating profile, the photo that highlights your physical beauty may not be the one that makes you look smart or honest — also important traits in a significant other. A new neural network helps pick the most appealing shots.
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Social Media

Bad Recommendations

YouTube is a great place to learn about new ideas — including some that have been thoroughly discredited. YouTube’s recommendation algorithm is helping spread misinformation about climate change, according to research by Avaaz, a self-funded activist group.
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Social Media

Facebook vs Deepfakes

Facebook announced a ban on deepfake videos, on the heels of a crackdown on counterfeit profiles that used AI-generated faces. Facebook declared this week that it will remove deepfake videos it deems deliberately misleading.
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Social Media

Richard Socher: Boiling the Information Ocean

Ignorance is a choice in the Internet age. Virtually all of human knowledge is available for the cost of typing a few words into a search box.
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Social Media

Deepfakes Go Mainstream

Society awakened to the delight, threat, and sheer weirdness of realistic images and other media dreamed up by computers.
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