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Facebook says its AI was mislabeling videos of black men as "primates" "unacceptable"

Facebook says its AI was mislabeling videos of black men as "primates" "unacceptable"

Facebook is apologizing for an incident where its AI incorrectly labeled videos of black men as "primates", calling it an "unacceptable error" that it should investigate to prevent it from happening again. Used to be. Was doing. As reported by the New York Times, users who viewed the June 27 video posted by UK tabloid Daily Mail received an auto-prompt asking if they would "continue to watch videos about primates". . want."

A spokesperson said in an email to The Verge on Saturday that Facebook had disabled the full topic recommendation feature as soon as it was learned.

"This was clearly an unacceptable error," the spokesman said. The spokesperson said the company is investigating the reasons for preventing the behavior from happening again. "As we have said, while we have improved our AI, we know it is not perfect and we have to make further progress. We apologize to everyone who may have seen these objectionable recommendations."

The incident is the latest example of artificial intelligence tools showing gender or racial bias, with facial recognition devices showing a particular problem of misidentification of people of color. In 2015, Google apologized after tagging photos of black people as "gorillas" in its Photos app. Last year, Facebook said it was studying whether its algorithms trained using AI -- including that of Instagram, which owns Facebook -- were racially biased.

In April, the US Federal Trade Commission warned that AI tools that display "disturbing" racial and gender bias could violate consumer protection laws if they are used to make decisions about credit, housing or employment. . work done. "Hold yourself accountable—or be prepared for the FTC to do it for you," FTC privacy attorney Alyssa Jilson wrote in a post on the agency's website.

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