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Facebook has long struggled with violence going viral through its livestreaming service. Now it's hoping police-provided footage of shooting will help it train artificial intelligence to detect gun violence in videos.
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The tech giant has partnered with police in the UK and US, who are sending in first-person perspective videos of firearm training sessions. These clips will be used to help Facebook develop an algorithm that can detect livestreams posted by shooters, the UK's Metropolitan Police said in a statement Tuesday.
Facebook didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. In the Metropolitan Police statement, Facebook's UK law enforcement outreach lead, Stephanie McCourt, said the company is committed to improving its detection algorithms.
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"This partnership with the Met Police will help train our AI systems with the volume of data needed to identify these incidents," McCourt said.
The Christchurch mass shooting in New Zealand played out on Facebook Live, and while it was up for less than an hour, millions more took its place as Facebook's detection struggled to keep up with re-uploads of the attack. Despite Facebook's algorithms for immediately removing copyrighted content and pornography, it was not able to detect the shooting video quick enough.
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In a statement after the shooting in March, Facebook's vice president of product management Guy Rosen explained...
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