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The Facebook algorithm makes black people mistaken for monkeys

The Facebook algorithm makes black people mistaken for monkeys

The social networking site apologized after a referral tool recommended “Primates” videos after the Daily Mail video showing black people.

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Facebook triggers “Unacceptable error”. The recommendation algorithm used by the social network asked users whether they wanted to see others “Primate Videos” Emerged, under a British tabloid video showing black people New York Times (Link in English), Friday, September 3rd.

“We apologize to anyone who saw these insulting suggestions.”, A spokesman for Facebook responded to AFP after the revelations, saying the California team had disabled the referral tool in the matter. “Once we explore the causes of the problem and realize what is going on to prevent it from happening again“.

Video of Daily Mail, More than a year, title “White man calls police against black men in marina”. Below, the question “Want to see more primate videos?” With options “Yes / Reject” According to a screenshot posted on Twitter by Darcy Groves, a former designer for the social media company, it was shown on the screens of some users. “This is slander”, He commented, calling on his former colleagues on Facebook to escalate the matter.

The case underscores the limitations of artificial intelligence technology, which has been accused of perpetuating racist insurgency or maintaining discrimination, as pointed out by this article in June 2020. எண்மராமா.

“Like we said, although we are improving our artificial intelligence systems, they are not perfect and we know we have some improvements.”, A spokesman for Facebook admitted.

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