Tracking Illicit Drug Dealing and Abuse on Instagram using Multimodal Analysis

25 May 2016  ·  Yang Xitong, Luo Jiebo ·

Illicit drug trade via social media sites, especially photo-oriented Instagram, has become a severe problem in recent years. As a result, tracking drug dealing and abuse on Instagram is of interest to law enforcement agencies and public health agencies... In this paper, we propose a novel approach to detecting drug abuse and dealing automatically by utilizing multimodal data on social media. This approach also enables us to identify drug-related posts and analyze the behavior patterns of drug-related user accounts. To better utilize multimodal data on social media, multimodal analysis methods including multitask learning and decision-level fusion are employed in our framework. Experiment results on expertly labeled data have demonstrated the effectiveness of our approach, as well as its scalability and reproducibility over labor-intensive conventional approaches. read more

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