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San Francisco, Nov 29: Facebook is removing all Islamic State (IS) and Al Qaeda-related terror post from its platform before anyone flags, with the help of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) technique, the social media giant said on Wednesday.

Monika Bickert, Head of Global Policy Management at Facebook asserted in a blog ” “Today, 99 per cent of the IS and Al Qaeda-related terror content we remove from Facebook is content we detect before anyone in our community has flagged it to us, and in some cases, before it goes live on the site”, news agency IANS quoted.

The social networking does this primarily through the use of automated techniques such as photo and video matching and text-based machine learning.

“Once we are aware of a piece of terror content, we remove 83 per cent of subsequently uploaded copies within one hour of upload,” said Brian Fishman, Head of Counterterrorism Policy, Facebook.

Deploying AI for eliminating terrorism is not as simple as flipping a switch.

A system motioned to fetch content from one terror outfit may not work for another due to difference in their propaganda and  language.

Presently, Facebook is focusing its techniques to counter terror related content about Islamic State (IS), Al-Qaeda and their affiliates.

The use of AI against terrorism is increasingly bearing fruit, but ultimately, it must be reinforced with manual review from trained experts, stated Facebook.

“To that end, we tap expertise from inside the company and from the outside, partnering with those who can help address extremism across the Internet,” the company pointed out.

Not only this, Facebook has also announced the formation of the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT) where the social media giant is working with Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube in a bid to combat terrorism and violent extremism across their platforms.

“Through GIFCT, we also engage with governments across the world and are preparing to jointly commission research on how authorities, tech firms and civil society can fight online radicalisation,” Facebook said.

Facebook has also forged partnerships with several organisations that have expertise in global terrorism or cyber intelligence. The organizations includes Flashpoint, the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), the SITE Intelligence Group, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Computer Forensics Research Lab.

“These organisations also send us photo and video files associated with IS and Al Qaeda that they have located elsewhere on the Internet, which we can then run against our algorithms to check for file matches to remove or prevent their upload to Facebook altogether,” the blog post said.

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YouTube Premiere adds new tools for more interactive experience

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New Delhi, Dec 3 : YouTube has announced new features namely Live Redirect, Trailers, and Countdown Themes specifically designed to make its Premieres service more exciting.

“Since March 1, 2020, we have seen over 85 per cent growth in daily Premieres from over 8 million channels. And over 80 per cent of these channels had never before used Premieres. We want to continue enabling these real-time, communal experiences now more than ever. That’s why we are launching three new features to help creators,” the company said in a statement on Wednesday.

The first, Live Redirect, allows creators to livestream a pre-show before they release a new video and then automatically redirect viewers to their Premiere right before it starts. YouTube has been testing this feature for a couple of months.

Next, Trailers will allow users to upload a pre-recorded hype video that will be played on the watch page in advance of the Premiere. With the option to range from 15 seconds to 3 minutes in duration, it will help create an even more compelling experience and encourage viewers to set a reminder to tune into the Premiere.

Lastly, YouTube also announced the ability to set Countdown themes as a way to build excitement among the viewers. YouTube will offer a wide range of themes, vibes, and moods to choose from, such as calm, playful, dramatic and sporty, etc.

Live Redirect and Trailers have started rolling out to eligible creators starting today, and Countdown Themes will be available in the coming months.

“We can’t wait to see the new ways these features bring us together, giving your audience a front-row seat to your next Premiere. Give them a try and let us know what you think,” the company added.

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Some iPhone 12 series units losing LTE, 5G service: Report

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CUPERTINO (U.S.), Sept. 12, 2017 (Xinhua) -- Security personnel are seen inside Apple Park as a special event is CUPERTINO (U.S.), Sept. 12, 2017 (Xinhua) -- Phil Schiller, Apple's Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, introduces new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus during a special event in Cupertino, California, the United States on Sept. 12, 2017. Apple Inc. released a series of new products and services in Cupertino on Tuesday. (Xinhua/IANS)

Since the end of October, a few hundred users have taken yo Apple’s forums to report that their iPhone 12 (with reports seemingly covering all fourmodels) drops the cellular connection on 5G and 4G networks. This seems to be happening more often with Verizon and AT&T users but T-Mobile clients experience the issue too.

Multiple reports arise of iPhone 12-series losing LTE and 5G service

A separate Reddit thread has been created just for this and owners of iPhone 12 say that this happens mostly while they are traveling by car. The workaround, for now, is to turn on the airplane mode on and off again. One of the commenters said that he was able to reach one of the PR execs and he confirmed that Apple is aware of the issue and is currently investigating. Perhaps a fix is on its way.

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UK bans installation of Huawei 5G telecom gear from Sep 2021

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) designated Chinese telecom companies, Huawei and ZTE, as national security risks to America’s communications networks.

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London: The UK government announced on Monday that the Chinese telecom giant Huawei will not be able to install its 5G equipments in the country from September 2021.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said that as per its earlier decision, the UK carriers will no longer be able to install Huawei equipment beginning September 2021.

The UK government has laid out a roadmap for removing all telecoms equipment made by “high risk vendors,” including Huawei, from the country’s 5G network by 2027, reports CNET.

In July this year, the UK government had announced a ban on the purchase of new Huawei kits for 5G from next year and said that the Chinese telecom giant’s equipment will be completely removed from 5G networks by the end of 2027.

The telecoms operators have seven years to remove its existing technology from their 5G infrastructure at an expected cost of 2 billion pounds.

The decision came following new advice produced by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) on the impact of US sanctions against the telecommunications vendor.

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) designated Chinese telecom companies, Huawei and ZTE, as national security risks to America’s communications networks.

In a U-turn, the UK government that earlier allowed Huawei to sell its 5G technology in the country, signalled a tougher stand against the Chinese telecom giant.

Huawei called the decision “bad news for anyone in the UK with a mobile phone”.

Struggling to keep its consumer business afloat in the wake of the US sanctions, Huawei this month announced to sell off its Honor smartphone business assets to China-based Shenzhen Zhixin New Information Technology Co Ltd.

The company said that the sale — which could be around $15 billion according to multiple reports — will help Honor’s channel sellers and suppliers make it through this difficult time.

Honor smartphones have been hit by US sanctions that prevent Huawei from doing business with the US companies.

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