Sep 6, 2021

Facebook apology as AI labels black men 'primates'

Facebook users who watched a newspaper video featuring black men were asked if they wanted to "Keep seeing videos about primates" by an artificial-intelligence recommendation system. Facebook told BBC News it "Was clearly an unacceptable error", disabled the system and launched an investigation. In May, Twitter admitted racial biases in the way its "Saliency algorithm" cropped previews of images. Studies have also shown biases in the algorithms powering some facial-recognition systems. In 2020, Facebook announced a new "Inclusive product council" - and a new equity team in Instagram - that would examine, among other things, whether its algorithms exhibited racial bias.

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