Yahoo Uses Deep Learning to Assign NSFW Scores to Images

By: Joey Haar - Oct 4, 2016
References: yahooeng.tumblr & techcrunch
Yahoo has designed an NSFW detection bot that uses deep learning to assess images and give them scores based on how appropriate they are.

NSFW, an acronym for "not safe for work," is a common label used on the internet to demarcate inappropriate content. Typically, this means that the content is either excessively gory, contains swearing, or is pornographic. Yahoo's current deep learning algorithm only offers NSFW detection for pornographic images, and, further, it can only detect photographs (as opposed to sketches or cartoons, for instance.) Nonetheless, it is still a far more efficient detection system than manually checking every image in a given space.

The NSFW scores in the Yahoo system are graded from zero to one, with zero being completely safe and one being completely inappropriate.