Russians Created Automatic Search System for Prohibited Content

The Main Radio Frequency Center of Russia, subordinate to Roskomnadzor (Federal Supervisor for Mass Media and Communications) has launched the “Oculus” system for automated search of violations of the Russian legislation in images and videos using computer vision technologies. 

“The Oculus Information System has already been launched and performs the tasks assigned to it in full — it detects violations of the law in images and video materials,” the center reported.

The completion of the system with the expansion of functionality is planned until 2025, the press service of the center reported. It is clarified that in December 2022, the system was tested in operation, and from January 2023, Oculus began to integrate with working monitoring systems. In September last year, the center placed a tender for the development of this IP. The cost of the work amounted to 57.7 million rubles, the press service specified.

As reported, the main task of the system is to “identify violations of the legislation of the Russian Federation in images and videos”: the system recognizes images and symbols, illegal scenes and actions, analyzes text in photo and video materials. In particular, Oculus “automatically detects such offenses as extremist themes, calls for mass illegal events, suicide, pro-drug content, LGBT propaganda, etc.”

Previously, the center’s specialists analyzed images and videos manually: on average, operators processed 106 images and 101 videos per day. At the same time, Oculus will analyze more than 200 thousand images per day — at a rate of about 3 seconds per image.

The HRCC noted that “since the beginning of the special military operation in Ukraine, unprecedented volumes and speed of the spread of fakes have been observed, which are aimed at replacing real facts with a specially constructed “reality”.

Based on the requirements of the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation in 2022, 102.6 thousand Internet resources were deleted and blocked that contain false information (including about the course of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation on the territory of Ukraine), whereas in 2021 there were 7.2 thousand such resources, in 2020 – 1.5 thousand in 2019 – only 311.

“The most used tool in the hands of anti-Russian sources has become visual content, which is able to make a greater impression on the emotions of users,” the centre’s press service noted. “The dynamics of the revealed number of violations demonstrates an avalanche-like increase in stuffing for all types of prohibited information. All this shows the importance of a detailed analysis of information attacks in graphic content and the possibilities of countering them. The creation of the system is our response to provocations and anti-Russian actions by foreign resource.”

Ru-Main, 13.02.2023
Source: Interfax 

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