Met police and Facebook partner up to tackle live-streamed terror events

Mail Online | 9/17/2019 | Joe Pinkstone For Mailonline
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Facebook is working with the Metropolitan Police to try and make sure the horrific live streaming of the Christchurch massacre never happens again.

Starting in October, it will be using the police force to improve its ability to detect live streaming and alert the authorities about an attack as soon as possible.

Tech - Giant - Officers - Met - Firearms

The tech giant will provide officers at the Met's firearms training centres with body cameras to help train AI software to detect footage of first-person shooters.

Facebook came under fire for the spread of a live stream video showing the New Zealand mosque shootings in March, which left 51 dead.

Footage - Facebook - Detection - Methods

Footage will then be shared with Facebook who will continuously use it to improve its detection methods, it says.

Facebook and the Met Police confirmed to MailOnline that the social media firm will be unable to share the content or use it for an other purposes except for its AI training.

Police - Force - Share - Footage - Bodies

The police force however, will be able to share the same footage with various bodies, including the Home Office and other social media firms, to help develop other similar tools.

The video was viewed fewer than 200 times during its live broadcast and was watched about 4,000 times in total before being removed.

Facebook - AI - Content - Case - Christchurch

Facebook largely relies on AI to spot violating content and remove it as quickly as possible, but in the case of the Christchurch terrorist attack, it says it simply did not have enough first-person footage of violent events for the system to match it up against.

Therefore it has approached the Met to increase the number of images needed to train its machine learning tools.

Effort - Part - Wider - Clampdown - Harm

The global effort is part of a wider clampdown on real-world harm from manifesting on social media, with the Home Office sharing the footage with other technology companies to develop similar solutions....
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