Another racist bump erupted around AI, this time on Facebook. During a video clip featuring black men, a content recommendation algorithm on the social site asked users if they would like to watch more movies about primates.
The problem is that the system that collects information about the user’s interests automatically flags the video as “principal”. The story is more accurate than the fact that the recording showed a police action initiated by whites, during which blacks were arrested.
This error is clearly unacceptable
A company spokesman said.
As we indicated earlier, we have improved our AI. We know it’s not perfect and it still needs to evolve. We apologize to anyone who may have seen the offending recommendation
Facebook said in July last year that it was investigating racial bias in its algorithms on Instagram.
The company has discontinued the referral function after the existing plant. They also promised to investigate the case so that it does not happen more than once.
Mother. This ‘keep watching’ prompt is not acceptable, @Facebook social networking site. And although the video is over a year old, a friend received this order yesterday. Friends in FB, please step up. This terrible. pic.twitter.com/vEHdnvF8ui
– Darcy Groves (@tweetsbydarci) September 2, 2021
Facebook’s promise may seem small to the public today, as scandals persist about police flaws in African facial recognition systems. In addition, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) threatened companies in April that if they did not remove biases in their algorithms, they would protect consumer interests.
It also doesn’t help that Facebook isn’t transparent and doesn’t want to be at all. Recently, a few days ago, fake spread experts were kicked out of the system, citing their agreement with the FTC in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
This isn’t the first time an image recognition algorithm has caused a scandal. As it is known, Google had to apologize in 2015 when the photographer’s app viewed black people as gorillas.
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