A constant battle of social networks like Facebook or Twitter is against users who do Spamcheat by phishing or simply chariot. Facebook now claims to have a new tool to detect them: a parallel Facebook where bots with artificial intelligence, imitate this type of user. With this, they can study their behavior and experiment with measurements to see if their activity decreases.

The other Facebook

To carry out this simulation, the company basically created an alternative Facebook. Known as “WW” (referring to a minor version of WWW), this simulator works with the same code as the original Facebook used by real users. But there are no real users, just a bunch of bots with artificial intelligence that roam free and mimic users.

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An example of how this simulator works. Facebook describes that they have trained some ” bots bad “for selling illegal products on the platform to third parties”bots good. “This is a relatively common practice on real Facebook, where it often involves selling prohibited items such as weapons or drugs. bots They perform all the activities that a real user can do: send messages to other people, search, visit pages, leave comments… Analyze how ” bots the bad guys were behaving and trying to sell these illegal items, they started apply different restrictions to see if that has prevented those sales from happening, for example by limiting the number of messages sent between strangers.

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Once the measures taken show that they can be effective, they will start to be implemented on real Facebook and real users. The interesting part of this is that being an alternative and simulated Facebook, there is no interaction with real users.

Now even though this is a simulated Facebook it still isn’t exactly like the real Facebook and also cannot simulate all real world factors. In the end, as much as the bot being intelligent, cannot predict the exact behavior and intentions of a human. However, it is an interesting way to test which actions to take safely and with the certainty that they will not affect end users.

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Considering that the bots are equipped with AI, in principle can be used for more than just mimicking known human behaviors. In other words, what the engineers at Facebook are actually doing now is programming bots to do specific tasks, like trying to sell an illegal product. But you can also just give it a goal and figure out how to achieve it on its own, if so you could, for example, detect possible behaviors and methods that real users do not have. still used and prepare in case they do.

The project is part of Facebook’s artificial intelligence department, Facebook AI. From there came the most curious things, like a robot that moves without a map, an artificial intelligence that solves complex mathematical equations or another that changes the voice of singers.

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Source : Engadget