Tag: Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg Just Gave Every Politician a Green Light to Lie in Facebook Ads

Mark Zuckerberg is worried about the truth. But he thinks Facebook’s attempts to protect it could backfire. “As a principle, in a democracy, I believe people should decide what’s credible,” Zuckerberg said Thursday. “Not tech companies.” In a speech to a packed auditorium of Georgetown University students, the Facebook co-founder attempted to rebrand his massive […]

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Mark Zuckerberg on why the world needs Facebook and the ‘Fifth Estate’

In a speech today at Gaston Hall at Georgetown University’s Institute of Politics in Washington D.C., Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg referred to social media platforms that allow average people to express themselves as a kind of “fifth estate” that’s integral to modern society. “The future depends on all of us, and whether you like Facebook […]

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Libra is down but not out after defections

PayPal’s decision to leave the Libra Association last week raised a few eyebrows around the world, in part because the architect of this new digital currency, David Marcus, used to run the global payments giant before joining Facebook. But while the sudden departure of such a key founding company might well have turned a few […]

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Facebook’s ReAgent is a toolkit for reinforcement learning and reasoning AI

Facebook AI Research today introduced ReAgent, a reinforcement learning toolkit for building decision-making AI that can receive feedback. ReAgent can assign scores to user actions and treat user input such as clicking on recommended content as training data. ReAgent is a small C++ library available for download on GitHub designed to be embedded in any […]

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Google and Reddit defend law protecting tech companies from liability for user-generated content

(Reuters) — A 23-year-old law giving technology companies legal protection from lawsuits over user-generated content remains critical to the internet’s future, Alphabet’s Google unit and social media site Reddit said in testimony released on Tuesday. Senior executives from Google, Reddit, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and legal experts are due to face questions on Wednesday in […]

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Facebook is reportedly locking users out for reporting fake accounts

In a completely bizarre incident, Facebook is locking people who report scammers, fake accounts, and impersonators out of the accounts for days. Due to this, #FacebookLockout is trending on twitter with many users angry at the social network’s strange behavior. Here’s what’s happening, if you report an impersonating account, Facebook will lock your account and ask […]

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Facebook’s Libra shrugs off defections as it announces 5-member board

(Reuters) — Backers of Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency project pledged to forge ahead after selecting a five-member board on Monday, shrugging off the latest member defection by online travel company Booking Holding earlier in the day. “It is a correction; it’s not a setback,” said Dante Disparte, head of policy and communications for the Libra Association, […]

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Facebook: Automation is a ‘blunt instrument’ for interpreting context around banned content

Facebook has long touted the efficacy of its AI-powered tools for helping weed out prohibited content, but the company today conceded that its technology is simply not up to meeting a recent European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling requiring the company to use automated filters to detect defamatory content. Earlier this month, the ECJ arrived […]

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eBay, Stripe, Mastercard, and Visa leave Facebook’s Libra Association

(Reuters) — Facebook’s ambitious efforts to establish a global digital currency called Libra suffered severe setbacks on Friday, as major payment companies including Mastercard and Visa quit the group behind the project. The two companies announced they would leave the association Friday afternoon, as did eBay, Stripe, and Latin American payments company Mercado Pago. They […]

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Facebook’s Libra In Trouble As More Companies Withdraw Their Support

Last week, it was reported that Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency lost one of the companies that initially supported it. This came in the form of PayPal who decided to back out of the cryptocurrency. However, it seems that Libra could be in serious trouble because it looks like more founding companies are withdrawing their support as […]

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Facebook’s Captum brings explainability to machine learning

Facebook today introduced Captum, a library for explaining decisions made by neural networks with deep learning framework PyTorch. Captum is designed to implement state of the art versions of AI models like Integrated Gradients, DeepLIFT, and Conductance. Captum allows researchers and developers to interpret decisions made in multimodal environments that combine, for example, text, images, […]

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PyTorch 1.3 comes with speed gains from quantization and TPU support

Facebook today released the latest version of its deep learning library PyTorch with quantization and Google Cloud TPU support for speedier training of machine learning models. Also new today are PyTorch Mobile for deployment of ML on edge devices starting with Android and iOS devices, CryptTen, a tool for encrypted machine learning, and Captum, a […]

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