Facebook Is Using Users Instagram Photos To Train Its AI

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| May 3 , 2018 , 18:53 IST

Facebook has always been seeking ways to enhance its AI and to make it more sophisticated. At the ongoing F8 (Facebook’s annual conference), the company on Wednesday disclosed that it was using millions of photos of Instagram users to help in deep learning of the AI.

Hashtags may seem to be what makes the task easier, but surprisingly, it was a challenge for Facebook to go through and sort out those tags to understand billions of images. This is more so because there is no real logic when people use them on the service.

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With the largest tests used about 3.5 billion Instagram images, they also came with about 17,000 hashtags. Facebook only used what amounts to public data and steered clear of private accounts.

The accuracy of this data was not an important factor. What is impressive is how the pre-training processes were used to clear out the noise and make the billions of images more useful in order to be used as training data. Indeed, the same data can be used in more ways than one, but in the case of Facebook, the most effective use of it according to the report is to combat abuse on the platform.