TechCrunch: Facebook again under fire for spreading illegal content

TechCrunch: Facebook again under fire for spreading illegal content. “An investigation by a British newspaper into child sexual abuse content and terrorist propaganda being shared on Facebook has once again drawn critical attention to how the company handles complaints about offensive and extremist content being shared on its platform.”

TechCrunch: Facebook addresses revenge porn with tech to prevent people from re-sharing intimate images

TechCrunch: Facebook addresses revenge porn with tech to prevent people from re-sharing intimate images. “Facebook has implemented a new photo-matching technology to ensure people can’t re-share images previously reported and tagged as revenge porn — intimate photos of people shared without their consent. That means if someone tries to share a photo that Facebook has previously taken down, that person will see a pop-up saying the photo violates Facebook’s policies and that Facebook will not allow the person to share that particular photo on Facebook, Messenger or Instagram.”

Inc: Google Makes Employees Sign Away Right to Sue Over Pornography (and Lots of Other Rights, Too)

Inc: Google Makes Employees Sign Away Right to Sue Over Pornography (and Lots of Other Rights, Too). “Google would rather you didn’t know about this because the company doesn’t want you to know anything at all about what it’s like to work at Google other than information the company itself has released. That, ironically, is the subject of a lawsuit that made the I-won’t-sue-for-pornography waiver public as part of a court filing. Here it is…”

TorrentFreak: Porn Pirate Sites Use ‘Backdoor’ to Host Videos on YouTube

From TorrentFreak, which is always worth a read: Porn Pirate Sites Use ‘Backdoor’ to Host Videos on YouTube. “Adult themed streaming sites are using a loophole in Google’s services to store infringing material at no cost. Google’s servers are increasingly being used as a hosting platform, by exploiting YouTube’s private publishing backdoor.”

CNET: Nearly half of Tumblr’s users end up seeing porn

Oh dear. From CNET: Nearly half of Tumblr’s users end up seeing porn. “Whether they want to or not, nearly half of Tumblr’s users are seeing porn on their dashboards. Tumblr has had a hard time keeping porn off its site. In 2012, Tumblr founder David Carp said 2 to 4 percent of the site’s traffic was porn-related. An Italian study published last month suggests that number has grown significantly.”

Yahoo Open-Sources Neural Network Solution for Finding Pornographic / NSFW Images

Yahoo has open-sourced its neural network solution for finding pornographic images. “Defining NSFW material is subjective and the task of identifying these images is non-trivial. Moreover, what may be objectionable in one context can be suitable in another. For this reason, the model we describe below focuses only on one type of NSFW content: pornographic images. The identification of NSFW sketches, cartoons, text, images of graphic violence, or other types of unsuitable content is not addressed with this model. To the best of our knowledge, there is no open source model or algorithm for identifying NSFW images. In the spirit of collaboration and with the hope of advancing this endeavor, we are releasing our deep learning model that will allow developers to experiment with a classifier for NSFW detection, and provide feedback to us on ways to improve the classifier.”