Recently, another new content moderation plan has been introduced by the Facebook for Whatsapp. According to this new plan, they will use AI to send messages before they’re encrypted, then they will send said messages to Facebook HQ where humans will read these messages. Facebook will then use these messages to make their moderator machines smarter and better, at detecting term-violating words and phrases using their always-editable lists.
In these years, Facebook is not among the favorite apps of the public because of largely farcical content moderation system. Now, this year Facebook has got a new plan in the place, this may be because of the FTC fine and the recent consequences.
Well, we can say this new content moderation plan is a bit contradictory, as Bruce Schneier expanded upon. As, Whatsapp has end-to-end encryption it should keep all the conversations and communication private and secure. But for now, including all other apps and Whatsapp, Facebook wants to add embedded content moderation and blacklist filtering algorithms to all their services. In their recent public talk on May 1, 2019, at the 2019 edition of their developer conference F8, they mentioned an element which will required by Facebook for a better moderated platform.
Applying AI to Keep the Platform Safe.”
In this speech, Facebook said that before messages have become encrypted, they will need to be able to scan contents of users’ messages. They also confirmed that all those messages that have been marked by their AI as potentially breaking their speech rules, will be harvest b them. Moreover, according to the Facebook, they will need to be able to access those messages for human reading.
These specific messages after violation is found in them, will then almost certainly be used in their entirety to further train their algorithms. However, the one part is that all this procedure will be done without any sort of additional authorization on the part of the message sender or receiver. Any set of words or phrases that will be used by the AI machines to seek out and flag, Facebook will be able to list all these words. Locally, in your Whatsapp app, these machines will be appear as artificial intelligence algorithms.
Most basic elements of this system are a level of dishonest and inappropriate, and obviously there is no answer to this question that why Facebook find out that this system will be acceptable for public use. Also this system has both potential for further forcing of action on the part of government systems and potential on the part of 3rd-party actors be damned.
Some of the whatsapp transmitted messages will be end-to-end encrypted, but this will not assure you that all your messages will be private. Zuckerberg said the following at the announcement of acquisition for WhatsApp by Facebook:
WhatsApp is on a path to connect 1 billion people. The services that reach that milestone are all incredibly valuable.” He went on to say that he was excited to “partner” with the service and that they would “make the world more open and connected.”
However, a list of reasons was also given by the private groups that why Facebook shouldn’t be allowed to acquire WhatsApp, in March 2014. Now, in 2019, things are begin to clear after that acquisition. Facebook’s acquisitions over the past 15 years as part of an antitrust investigation, has been currently examined by the Federal Trade Commission (USA’s FTC), according to the report of the Wall Street Journal.