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Facebook Introduces New Tools, Measures to Limit Content Related to Child Exploitation on Its Apps

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Facebook, representative image. (Photo: Reuters)

Facebook, representative image. (Photo: Reuters)

Facebook will show pop-up alert for terms on Facebook-owned apps associated with child exploitation. Other measures include legal consequences for sharing harmful content in the form of videos and memes.

Facebook has announced new tools and measures to prevent content that exploits children on its platform. The social media giant explains that the company is developing targeted solutions, including new tools and policies to reduce the sharing of such content. These include a pop-up alert for terms on Facebook-owned apps associated with child exploitation, while the other includes legal consequences for sharing harmful content in the form of videos and memes. It also highlights that the platform-guidelines have been updated to clarify the actions company will take against Facebook or Instagram accounts dedicated to sharing images of children posted along with captions, hashtags or comments containing innuendo or inappropriate signs of affection.

Antigone Davis, Facebook Global Head of Safety says that the social media company has also been working with the US National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) to understand the content related to minors that people share and consume, to form relevant guidelines and rules. “We found that more than 90% of this content was the same as or visually similar to previously reported content. And copies of just six videos were responsible for more than half of the child-exploitative content we reported in that time period,” Davis said in a blog post.

The post further reads that Facebook has improved its user reporting flow for such violations, which will also see such reports prioritised for review. Platforms will use Google’s Content Safety API to prioritise content that may contain child exploitation for content reviewers to assess. “We added the option to choose ‘involves a child’ under the Nudity and Sexual Activity category of reporting in more places on Facebook and Instagram. These reports will be prioritized for review,” the company adds.

As mentioned, the company will show a pop-up when people search for child-exploitative content on its platforms like Facebook and Instagram. A photo highlights the pop-up with the search term pthc (pre-teen hardcore).

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Twitter Fleets Gets Twemoji Stickers, Some Android Users Can Now Access Twitter Spaces Audio-Chatroom

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Twitter’s version of Snapchat Stories, called Fleets is now getting a new update that brings Twemoji Stickers tray. The latest feature enables users to add emojis or stickers to Fleets for a better visual appeal. Until now, the Fleets feature on the Twitter Android or iOS app only allowed users to add text over photos or videos. Users could still add emojis if the keyboard had in-built emoji options; however, the latest feature gives access to more 3D-enhanced stickers directly. Moreover, Twitter Spaces, a Clubhouse-inspired audio-chat room is reportedly rolling out to select Android customers.

The Twemoji option for Twitter Fleets is now rolling out to users in Japan and will likely reach other markets in the coming months. The Twemoji button sits next to the text button, as per a photo shared by Twitter. Additionally, the Twemoji currently appears to be limited to iOS users while availability details for Android client remain unclear. Though the feature does not seem to be substantial, it is likely that Twitter would soon add more options like AR filters – similar to what Facebook offers with Stories on Instagram. Notably, the micro-blogging company acquired Chroma Labs last year, the team behind Chroma Stories. The app basically allowed users to add a range of colourful frames and filters to their Stories content.

In another Twitter-related news, some Android users are now getting an early preview of Twitter Spaces, a Clubhouse-inspired voice-based conversation room right on the platform. According to Android Police, Android users who have access cannot start Spaces chatroom yet but can join others and react with emojis. The company is expected to roll out the stable version in March, though the availability may vary according to regions. Twitter Spaces has been available to select iOS users since early February. Twitter Product Designer Maya Patterson had previously explained that the Spaces feature is meant to create a safe space for intimate conversations in public. It will essentially allow users to join or start a voice-based chatroom where they can discuss any topic. Admins will have control over who can speak or join.



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