Items tagged with memes

For better or worse, memes are a part of the online culture, and they are especially prevalent on social media sites. This presented a problem for Facebook, both in terms of tracking down content that runs afoul of its terms of service, and in deciding which content its users are likely to be interested in seeing. So, the company went and developed a large-scale machine learning system named Rosetta to better understand memes. As you might already known, Facebook relies heavily on algorithms to sift and sort through content. There are simply too many users and too many posts to lay content moderation solely on the shoulders of human workers. Facebook employs flesh and blood moderators too, of... Read more...
While the U.S. is coming off a contentious presidential election, no matter how you feel about the outcome, be happy you live in a land where Internet censorship is a non-issue. In contrast, Spain and its ruling Popular Party led by prime minister Mariano Rajoy is making a push in congress to ban the use of memes, which often take the form of captioned images that are humorous and/or snarky. The proposal seeks to disallow "spreading images that infringe on the honor of a person" and makes reference to a law that's nearly a quarter of a century old. If PP politicians get their way, the ban will be added to the Citizen Security Law, an unpopular piece of legislation unaffectionately known as the... Read more...