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Social media warn against increased content deletion by AI instead of human reviewers

Social media warn against increased content deletion by AI instead of human reviewers
Social media warn against increased content deletion by AI instead of human reviewers
Google, Facebook and Twitter have also sent the majority of their employees home. Inevitably, the big social media are increasingly relying on AI routines to have potentially inappropriate content removed. Now they warn that this will lead to more erroneous deletions.
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As a result of government pressure, social media are forced to immediately identify and remove illegal content on their platforms. To this end, a large number of employees are still working on the screening of the illegal content, even if the censorship process is becoming increasingly automated through artificial intelligence.

However, because the current corona virus pandemic has forced companies to send a majority of their workforce home, they have to rely increasingly on the not yet precisely working AI routines.

Now Google, Facebook and Co are warning of increasing errors within this automated process. Since the goal for these companies is to avoid fines and lawsui the AI is designed so that in case of doubt it deletes content rather than ignores it. As a result, the companies warn that there may be more unwanted deletions of actually permitted videos, posts and other content in the near future.

However, it is actually not entirely clear why the process of material screening by human employees could not also take place via home office. You shouldn't need more than a computer and an internet line to do so.

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A C64 marked my entry into the world of PCs. I spent my student internship in the repair department of a computer shop and at the end of the day I was allowed to assemble my own 486 PC from “workshop remnants”. As a result of this, I later studied computer science at the Humboldt University in Berlin, with psychology also being added to my studies. After my first job as a research assistant at the university, I went to London for a year and worked for Sega in computer game translation quality assurance. This included working on games such as Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed and Company of Heroes. I have been writing for Notebookcheck since 2017.
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Christian Hintze, 2020-03-17 (Update: 2020-03-17)