Downranking system flaw at Facebook belies self-regulation assurances

Violent and sexually explicit content, and Russian propaganda during the period of Ukraine invasion was boosted rather than suppressed by Facebook’s downranking system. Designed to suppress misinformation – and touted as proof Facebook’s self-regulation in this area could be  viable – the flaw was exposed bv The Verge. Up to half Facebook’s News Feed were seen as ‘integrity risks’ over a six month period.

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Getty Offers Gen AI Tool Built Only with Licensed Images

September 28, 2023

Unauthorized training data isn’t an existential threat to generative AI but it’s certainly a headache for users and developers alike.  Most developers are trying to exclude materials that creators have explicitly labeled as unauthorized and citing “fair use” as justification for copying everything else.  Getty Images has taken an opposite approach, building its gen AI tool only on materials that are explicitly licensed.  It’s possible that tracing the provenance of training data will become a standard, similar to how organic food producers trace the origins of their ingredients.

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