Face recognition software: Facebook algorithm confuses black people with monkeys

Face recognition software: Facebook algorithm confuses black people with monkeys

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Face recognition software: Facebook algorithm confuses black people with monkeys

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A film in which black people can be seen is interpreted by Facebook as a video about primates. The group speaks of an “unacceptable mistake”.

E.in Facebook’s algorithm confused black people with monkeys. A company spokeswoman confirmed the problem on Friday that appeared on a video for the British tabloid Daily Mail. Facebook users who watched the video titled “White man calls police over black men at the port” were then asked if they “would like to continue watching videos about primates,” the New York Times reported.

The spokeswoman spoke of a “clearly unacceptable mistake”. The software responsible was immediately taken off the network. “We apologize to everyone who has seen these offensive recommendations.”