Facebook works on its own artificial intelligence to detect deep fakes

Facebook has a major problem with the fake news . Its no a secret. Groups and individuals of diverse filiation use the popularity of the social network to spread all kinds of information, some patently false, that reach the eyes of a vast mass of users who do not exercise their critical sense too much. That said, there is a possibility that the next big political scandal based on a fake news is likely even for experts, and deep fakes could be the perfect tool to light the fuse.

This type of montages use artificial intelligence techniques to replace the faces of a video and even synchronize their features with any type of audio, allowing the creation of surprisingly credible videos. Most publicly available applications leave something to be desired, but using good quality material and the right software some videos may require several viewings to determine their authenticity.

The availability of relatively simple tools has made deep fakes a hobby for some users.

For this reason, and since Facebook is a means of information of first order for millions of people around the world, the social network has expanded its program of checkers to determine the validity of the videos published on the platform. The 27 organizations that collaborate with Facebook to assess the validity of their news may also score videos and static images rated as potentially fraudulent by an automated learning system.

Essentially, Facebook’s artificial intelligence will examine photos and videos until they encounter some kind of suspicious content, which will then be sent to a human team made up of organizations such as Snopes, Politifact or Associated Press. Journalists and fact checkersthey will check their authenticity using visual verification, but also reverse searches and metadata analysis. Receive the human assessment, the artificial intelligence of Facebook will improve the accuracy of your future detections.

The concern for deep fakes began to spread after videos like this created by the University of Washington.

Developing (and training) this artificial intelligence at optimal levels will not be an easy task. Facebook recognizes that right now it is more successful using OCR techniques in videos to detect fraudulent texts inserted in videos that verify the transcription of the audio of a video to verify its authenticity. Making the jump to deep fakes , which can be even more deceptive, will therefore require considerable technical and human effort.

Source: ZDNet

The founders of Instagram leave the company, opening the doors to greater control by Facebook

Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, co-founders of Instagram and up to now the heads of the famous photographic social network, have resigned. None of them have provided a reason to explain their departure from what is one of the best known Internet firms, but sources consulted by TechCrunch say that the decision was made based on increasing pressure from Facebook to reduce their autonomy.

Systrom and Krieger were until now CEO and chief technology of Instagram, respectively. During this time they had the support of product vice president Kevin Weil, who after leaving to lead the blockchain teamof Facebook was replaced by Adam Mosseri, head of Facebook News and trusted man by Mark Zuckerberg. Systrom and Zuckerberg had until then maintained a cordial relationship punctuated by moments of generally resolved tension, but something would have gone wrong at that moment.

According to the statements of an anonymous source quoted by TechCrunch, “Chris [Cox, Facebook’s product manager] started taking the initiative and with Adam in sync with the old Facebook school, it was clear that it was not going to be [a comfortable situation] I saw that this guy [Systrom] was going to tighten the nuts. ”

One of the particularities of Instagram is that it has managed to maintain a great autonomy so far, despite being one of the first and most important acquisitions of Facebook. In fact, Systrom and Zuckerberg had a resounding showdown when the second wanted Instagram content to flow to Facebook directly from Instagram. Systrom refused and soon after Facebook eliminated direct access to Instagram accounts from their favorites and contacts menus.

Despite these occasional frictions Instagram has not had problems to prosper. The photographic social network has avoided important scandals and maintains a positive image, while its matrix goes from puddle to puddle .

Systrom and Krieger will now take a break while “exploring again” their “curiosity and creativity”, implying that they are working on some kind of project. It would be the third collaboration of these friends of the university since they launched an unknown application called Burbn. It was a failure, but the interest of its users for the photographic filters that it incorporated gave rise to the creation of Instagram, which was a resounding success. With it came Facebook, which paid more than 700 million dollars for an application that then did not reach 50 million users. Now it has more than 1,000 million and has set its sights on the creation of its own contents .

The march of the founders of Instagram is not without precedents within Facebook. Recentlyalso resigned Jan Koum , co-founder and CEO of WhatsApp. As has been known, the leader of the messaging application left the company after several misunderstandings with Facebook, which required a series of important changes related to the privacy of its users and strategies to make the platform profitable .