Facebook Makes Mistake and Labels Black Men as “Primates”.
Facebook is swimming in a sea of apologies after their AI processes labeled a video containing black men as being related to videos of primates.
Facebook’s artificial intelligence software asked users watching the video if they wanted to see more “videos about primates.” Facebook immediately stopped using their Related Videos feature after the mishap came to light.
The video and content described has been online for quite a while according to some sources. But without having seen it ourselves, we can’t attest to the truth in that.
A Facebook spokesperson told The New York Times that the content was “unacceptable”. We can totally see why…
Google made the same mistake around 5 years ago – when their AI related black men to ‘Gorillas’ – which to us seems much worse than the primate label that Facebook applied.
In a world where AI is continuing to thrive, I’m sure we’ll be seeing a lot of other mistakes as the Technology becomes more advanced in the future.