Facebook shares are lower Wednesday, amid broader tech weakness. However, the social media platform unveiled details on the technology it utilises to fight child exploitation on its site, which has helped it remove 8.7 million pieces of content in the third quarter, that went against its policies relating to child nudity and exploitation.
By 1600 BST, Facebook shares were 1.41% in the red at $152.22. The stock has continued to trend mainly lower in recent weeks.
Facebook’s tech to help protect children
Over the past year, Facebook has been working on a using new technology to help it better protect children, by identifying and removing content on its platform that exploit children.
“In addition to photo-matching technology, we’re using artificial intelligence and machine learning to proactively detect child nudity and previously unknown child exploitative content when it’s uploaded,” Facebook’s head of global safety, Antigone Davis said in a blog post.
The social network shares its findings with the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). Facebook is also working with the NCMEC to develop software to help it more quickly prioritise which reports to share with law enforcement, first.
Facebook’s Updates Messenger
Separately, Facebook has updated its Messenger App and, in an unusual move, made the interface and options, simpler to use.
“You build a feature, and then you build another feature, and they are piling up,” says Facebook’s head of Messenger Stan Chudnovsky told TechCrunch. “We either continue to pile on, or we build a foundation that will allow us to build simplicity and powerful features on top of something new that goes back to its roots.”
With that in mind, the existing nine tabs will reduce to three main tabs to assist your navigation:
- The Chats tab.
- The People tab.
- The Discover tab.
However, while it is a pared back display, it isn’t a huge change from what users are used to, which should help to support positive reviews of the latest update.