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Facebook bolsters election integrity with AI, banning 1 million accounts per day

As India approaches its General Election for the 17th Lok Sabha, Facebook’s India managing director and vice president Ajit Mohan revealed that the company has utilised the technology to “identify abusive or violating content, quickly locate it across the platform and remove it in bulk.” On average, the tool helps to block a staggering one million accounts per day on a global scale, while 700 Pages, Groups and accounts have been ousted in India just last week.

Although the efforts are more relevant to India than most countries right now, Facebook is expanding the initiative globally as it adds 24 new languages to its automatic translation system and continues to partner with third-party fact-checkers to further authenticate information.

Facebook's AI helping block or remove 1 million accounts a day

Facebook is harnessing the power of artificial intelligence to block or remove one million accounts a day that violate its rules against misinformation, hate speech and voter suppression ahead of elections in India.

The social network has faced criticism for not doing enough to curb abuses on its platform during the 2016 US presidential election whenRussian trollsused Facebook to sow discord.

Advances in AI has helped the world's largest social network 'identify abusive or violating content, quickly locate it across the platform and remove it in bulk,' Mohan said.

This week, this company is also opening up centers focused on election integrity in Singapore and Dublin and expanded its partnership with third-party fact checkers to combat fake news.

Eye on A.I.— Why You Should Be Concerned About China's Gains in Artificial Intelligence

Chinese tech giants Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent are rapidly improving their artificial intelligence, challenging current U.S. tech leaders like Google and Amazon.

China’s so-called BAT companies, as New York University business professor and futurist Amy Webb calls them in her latest book, The Big Nine, get a big boost from their government’s funding and tech-friendly policies.

Government support has helped embed the BAT companies’ technologies across China, in everything from mobile messaging and e-commerce, to digital payments and health care.

It’s a sharp contrast to China, where corporations and government work together, including on luring back U.S. educated Chinese techies to work for Chinese companies.

For example, China could encourage developing countries to adopt aspects of its A.I.-powered social credit system, a controversial approach to giving individual citizens the equivalent of Yelp scores that factor into everything from getting loans to being able to travel.

Facebook to use AI to respect the dead

Facebook has said it is working on using artificial intelligence to prevent a common and upsetting problem: receiving notifications about deceased friends and loved ones.

'Legacy contacts can now moderate the posts shared to the new tributes section by changing tagging settings, removing tags and editing who can post and see posts,” Ms Sandberg explained.

'This helps them manage content that might be hard for friends and family to see if they’re not ready.” Under-18s cannot nominate a legacy contact, but parents or guardians of children who have died can contact Facebook to request access.

Some of these changes have come in response to abuses of its systems, such as a “prank” in which users would falsely tell Facebook someone had died, locking that user out of their account, and causing friends distress.