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Will Facebook's Robot Censors Know Porn When They See It?

Will Facebook's Robot Censors Know Porn When They See It?
Photograph by George Logan

The old trope about pornography is that you’ll know it when you see it. Facebook is betting that not only will it know it, but that the social network will be able to train its computers to do the same.

On Friday the company announced a new advertising policy for potentially controversial pages, saying it will ban ads from pages or groups containing violent, graphic, or sexual content. The company is responding to a flap last month in which brands began pulling advertising when they found that it was showing up next to pages with crude, sexist content. In an unrelated move, Google said it will soon prohibit users of its Blogger service from carrying ads for adult businesses.