BIGO Technology, a Singapore-based social media company owned by Chinese live broadcaster YY Inc, is now offering content review services, which can be used for censorship, to overseas markets amid rising demand from governments for content moderation services, and as Beijing continues a drive to clean up its domestic cyberspace, said the South China Morning Post.
BIGO is helping the Indonesian government to filter its internet content, and is also in talks with authorities in Vietnam, Egypt, India and the Middle East to export its censorship technology, according to James Wang, vice-president of BIGO.
Chinese internet and social media companies have had to develop comprehensive content review capabilities to block content deemed harmful or inappropriate by the Chinese authorities, putting them at the forefront of technologies that are in increasing demand by governments around the world who want to clean up the internet of nefarious and illegal activity.
BIGO’s artificial intelligence-powered content moderation system, which was trained on a huge pool of content to analyse images, boasts 99% accuracy in identifying illegal content such as pornography, violence and terrorism-related information, according to the company. At BIGO, this is supported by a team of 2,000 staffers around the world who also manually review content to ensure nothing is missed.