Facebook says its AI mislabeling a video of Black men as “primates” was “unacceptable”

Facebook says its AI mislabeling a video of Black men as “primates” was “unacceptable”


Facebook is apologizing for applying a “primates” label to a video of Black men | Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

Facebook is apologizing for an incident where its AI mislabeled a video of Black men with a “primates” label, calling it an “unacceptable error” that it was examining to prevent it from happening again. As reported by theNew York Times, users who watched a June 27th video posted by the UK tabloid Daily Mail received an auto-prompt asking whether they wanted to “keep seeing videos about Primates.”

Facebook disabled the entire topic recommendation feature as soon as it realized what was happening, a spokesperson said in an email to The Verge on Saturday.

“This was clearly an unacceptable error,” the spokesperson said. The company is investigating the cause to prevent the behavior from happening again, the spokesperson added. “As we have…

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