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Meta will help companies remove child exploitation or terrorist material automatically

Meta launches a new content moderation tool while taking over the presidency of an anti-terrorism NGO. (photo: Goal)

Goalwho will assume the chairmanship of the Operations Board of the Global Internet Forum to Combat Terrorism next January, has announced free open source software called Hasher-Matcher-Actioner (HMA) to prevent the spread of terrorist and child exploitation content, including violent and extremist images, videos, through the web and/or digital platforms such as Facebook.

“We hope that the tool, called Hasher-Matcher-Actioner (HMA), will be adopted by a number of companies to help them stop the spread of terrorist content on their platforms, and will be especially useful for smaller companies that do not have the same resources than the largest ones”, can be read on the official blog of Goal.

The HMA tool will be made available to other companies in free form to prevent the spread of terrorist content online.

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How this open source monitoring tool works

Hasher-Matcher-Actioner improves on Meta’s existing open-source image and video matching software, and the company said it can be used against any content that violates its policies.

The tool uses artificial intelligence and is based on hashes which are fingerprints found in images and videos to find copies posted elsewhere on the web.

This should make it much easier for companies to track and remove terrorist content and child abuse.

Once infringing material is found, the algorithm generates unique letters and numbers for that content, which can be used to identify copies.

Hasher-Matcher-Actioner.  (photo: Goal)
Hasher-Matcher-Actioner. (photo: Goal)

Which means they don’t have to save the offending images or videos themselves, they can simply run all of their content through the databases they use to find potentially rule-violating posts.

Finally, Goal he reflects: “the more companies that participate in the hash exchange database, the better and more complete it will be, and the better that we all keep terrorist content off the internet, especially since people will often move from one platform to another. to another to share this content.”

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Facebook now has more restrictive privacy settings for minors

Being the minors the most vulnerable on social media, Meta continues to strengthen privacy protection on the platforms it manages. And now, Facebook Ask the youngest to check these options when they log in.

Also, since Goal they want teens who are already on the app to choose a more private setting for:

– Who can see your friends list?

– Who can see the people, Pages, and lists they follow?

– Who can see the posts that are tagged on your profile?

– Review posts they are tagged in before the post appears on their profile

– Who can comment on your public posts?

New tools to protect minors on Facebook.  (photo: Goal)
New tools to protect minors on Facebook. (photo: Goal)

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