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Facebook’s AI for Hate Speech Improves. How Much Is Unclear

Facebook’s AI for Hate Speech Improves. How Much Is Unclear

Facebook’s algorithms for detecting hate speech are working harder than ever. If only we knew how good they are at their jobs. Tuesday the social network reported a big jump in the number of items removed for breaching its rules on hate speech. The increase stemmed from better detection by the automated hate speech sniffers…
Online speech recognition with wav2letter anywhere

Online speech recognition with wav2letter anywhere

The process of transcribing speech in real time from an input audio stream is known as online speech recognition. Most automatic speech recognition (ASR) research focuses on improving accuracy without the constraint of performing the task in real time. For applications like live video captioning or on-device transcriptions, however, it is important to reduce the…
Online hate speech could be contained like a computer virus, say researchers

Online hate speech could be contained like a computer virus, say researchers

The spread of hate speech via social media could be tackled using the same 'quarantine' approach deployed to combat malicious software, according to University of Cambridge researchers. Definitions of hate speech vary depending on nation, law and platform, and just blocking keywords is ineffectual: graphic descriptions of violence need not contain obvious ethnic slurs to constitute…
Zuckerberg’s View of Speech on Facebook Is Stuck in 2004

Zuckerberg’s View of Speech on Facebook Is Stuck in 2004

Three days after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States, Mark Zuckerberg was asked the question on many people’s minds: Did the explosion of fake news and caustic political rhetoric on Facebook help Trump win? Zuckerberg dismissed the idea. "The idea that fake news ... influenced the election in any way is a…
Hate speech is spreading on Facebook in India again

Hate speech is spreading on Facebook in India again

We’ve spent the past couple weeks looking at the clash of social networks and democracy in the United States. So let’s turn our attention abroad. Assam is a state in India that is home to a large population of Bengali Muslims. The ruling party of India, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), are Hindu nationalists. In August,…
Vergecast: Pixel 4 hands-on and Mark Zuckerberg’s speech on free speech

Vergecast: Pixel 4 hands-on and Mark Zuckerberg’s speech on free speech

There are two big things we need to talk about today: Google’s new gadgets and Mark Zuckerberg’s remarks on free speech. So this week on The Vergecast, hosts Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and Paul Miller go through all the products Google announced at its hardware event on Tuesday, then invite senior reporter Adi Robertson and…
What Mark Zuckerberg’s big talk about free speech left out

What Mark Zuckerberg’s big talk about free speech left out

All week, we’ve been talking here about a central debate in our reckoning over big tech platforms and their power: what should stay up on the internet, and what should come down. The discussion has been fueled by two national conversations: one, led by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, about whether Facebook ought to exempt political ads…
The global gag on free speech is tightening

The global gag on free speech is tightening

ON JUNE 22ND there was an alleged coup attempt in Ethiopia. The army chief of staff was murdered, as was the president of Amhara, one of the country’s nine regions. Ordinary Ethiopians were desperate to find out what was going on. And then the government shut down the internet. By midnight some 98% of Ethiopia…
Twitter’s Speech Policies Shouldn’t Be a Campaign Issue

Twitter’s Speech Policies Shouldn’t Be a Campaign Issue

Senator Kamala Harris has a message for Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey: It’s past time to eject President Trump, America’s Tweeter in Chief, from the platform. On Tuesday, the presidential hopeful penned a letter to Dorsey pointing to several recent Trump tweets, including the now-infamous “Civil War” tweet and several targeting the whistle-blower and House Intelligence…
In speech to forecasters, NOAA chief tries to tamp down Sharpie controversy

In speech to forecasters, NOAA chief tries to tamp down Sharpie controversy

Trump tempest — "I will do everything I can to support you and support your critical mission." Matt Lanza - Sep 10, 2019 3:37 pm UTC Enlarge / President Donald Trump has continued to insist Alabama was threatened by Hurricane Dorian.Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesA soft-spoken, contrite, and at times emotional Neil Jacobs, acting head of the…

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