Video Moderation

The Solution to Deepfakes Remains Unclear

July 5, 2019 | Video Moderation, UGC

  While the aim of leveraging artificial intelligence is to make operations efficient and insightful, there are undoubtedly more nefarious applications of this fast-advancing technology. Deepfakes, one such application, present a threat grave enough that companies and lawmakers alike are frantically looking for a solution. However, content moderation with regard to identifying deepfakes is not…

Taking Advantage of Social Media Contests

May 31, 2019 | Image Moderation, Video Moderation, UGC

  In 2007, Facebook and Twitter laid the ground work for social media contests by introducing features like Fan Pages and hashtags, respectively. However, contests put on by brands didn’t really take off until platforms supporting visual content, like Pinterest and Instagram, gave users the opportunity to create more compelling content. Since their inception, social media…

There’s No Rewind

April 19, 2019 | Video Moderation, UGC

Recently, YouTube users discovered some horrifying pieces of content, once again highlighting the risk of user generated video, and more broadly, the guarantee that the totality of the human condition will always be reflected—the good along with the evil—anywhere there is user-generated content online. As reported by the Washington Post, a parent watching cartoons with…

Online Harassment: Who Does it Affect, and How?

November 7, 2018 | Image Moderation, Profanity Filter, Video Moderation, UGC

In our September newsletter, we discussed the Momo Challenge, a disturbing “game” circulating on social media sites, threatening members with the release of personal information unless the member completes a series of tasks, which often encourage self-harm, and even suicide. Today, we’re taking a closer look at online harassment and cyberbullying. A recent Pew Research…

Five Tips and Tricks for Content Moderation

September 11, 2018 | Image Moderation, Video Moderation, UGC

1. Know your audience. The more you know about your users, the more you can hone your specific moderating criteria. You may have a niche market with unique needs. Our standard moderating criteria might be too conservative for your brand culture, or you may wish to further tighten rules. Also consider the size of your…

Facebook’s Content Moderation Policy: Our Summary and Opinion

July 9, 2018 | Image Moderation, Video Moderation, UGC

For the first time, Facebook is making public its internal guidelines for content moderation and policy. The 27-page document details how the company defines hate speech, violence, nudity, terrorism, and other banned content. At WebPurify, we’re quite familiar with how complicated the task of content moderation can be, and how a seemingly simple matter of…

The Lighter Side of AI: A Happy Marriage Between Humans and Machines

April 9, 2018 | Image Moderation, Video Moderation, UGC

When it comes to artificial intelligence (AI), many people conjure up end-of-this-world-as-we-know-it scenarios, such as those depicted in films like Minority Report or TV shows like Westworld. Humans losing their jobs, getting outwitted by robots and so on and so forth. Sure, as innovation creates change, there will be jobs lost in the process, but…

YouTube’s Video Moderation Strategy Faces Challenges

January 22, 2018 | Video Moderation, UGC

There’s no doubt about it—having a strong video moderation strategy is good for business. When you think of video moderation for your website or app, you may first and foremost think of its purpose of shielding customers and innocents from objectionable content, and that’s a completely valid and necessary function of content moderation. But what…

How Facebook is Tackling Moderating Violent Videos

December 3, 2017 | Video Moderation, UGC

Facebook is facing the unprecedented challenge of escalating violence featured within its videos since launching its live video streaming early last year. Alongside carefree videos of friends at football games and parents recording funny things their little kids say are, unfortunately, broadcastings of shootings and suicides. It has been a challenge for Facebook to monitor…

The Risk of Live Video on Your Website

July 23, 2017 | Video Moderation, UGC

  A few months ago, a worst-case scenario highlighting the risk of live video and user-generated content (UGC) happened. And it happened on Facebook Live. Facebook was unable to pull the broadcast of a murder down in real time and didn’t remove this terrible video for hours afterwards. The takeaway for us all: Real-time video…