Liking just one anti-LGBTQ video can lead to the algorithm flooding a For You Page with homophobic and transphobic videos, Media Matters said.
Sen. Ed Markey wrote a letter to Mark Zuckerberg condemning Facebook’s practice of recommending political groups to people. “Facebook’s system of recommending political groups poses grave threats to American democracy and public safety,” Markey wrote. The letter references the siege on the US Capitol on January 6 – insurrectionists were […]
Facebook users who have interacted with Holocaust denial content are being led to similar content via Facebook’s automated algorithms, according to a new report. “Using a ‘snowball’ discovery method,” a new report published by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue said, “we found that when a user follows public pages containing […]
A Reddit user created an AI-generated voice of David Attenborough, the famed English broadcaster and naturalist. A software developer then used the model to create a YouTube channel that auto-uploads subreddit posts into clips read by the fake voice. You can listen to Attenborough reading various posts on misguided relationship […]
Sarah Brayne is an assistant professor of sociology at The University of Texas at Austin; prior to joining the faulty at UT-Austin, Brayne was a Postdoctoral Researcher at Microsoft Research. Brayne is also the founder and director of the Texas Prison Education Initiative, a group of faculty and students who […]
Facebook conducted internal efforts in 2016 and 2018 to examine whether the platform’s algorithm was encouraging the polarization and the proliferation of extremist content, according to The Wall Street Journal. Though Facebook’s experts found that the platform contributed to divisive rhetoric, senior executives dismissed proposed changes, some which would adversely […]
Twitter is able to show users personalised trends based on a trove of personal information, including your location, who you follow, and interests it discerns from your account activity. Multiple Twitter users discovered in December that their “trends for you” tab included the address of a high school in Scottsdale, […]
Data science consultant Cathy O’Neil said discrimination in hiring starts with job advertising sites like LinkedIn, Monster.com, Facebook, and ZipRecruiter. In an interview with Business Insider, O’Neil said that by focusing on demographic data, algorithms used by job sites often prevent qualified people from ever seeing job openings. O’Neil said […]
Need a Christmas gift for the tech bro in your life? One of the books below might just make them think twice about their dreams of a futuristic utopia. The 18 books on this list include recent releases, such as “Don’t Be Evil” by Rana Foroohar and `’Bad Blood” by […]
Katie Bouman, who helped capture the first image of a black hole, has become the target of misogynistic conspiracy theories online. As news spread of Bouman’s work on developing an algorithm for the Event Horizon Telescope team, some people on social media and YouTube promoted a conspiracy theory that another […]
Last month, Facebook announced its plans to deter the spread of fake news on the social network by prioritising user generated content (think baby pictures) above professional content created by publishers. The change gave many content publishers cause for concern: Would the social media giant’s move reduce traffic to their […]
New York City has passed the algorithmic accountability bill, which will assign a task force to examine the way that city government agencies use algorithms. Algorithmic bias is a critical issue in the justice system, which often relies on algorithmic risk assessments to inform criminal sentencing in federal court. The […]
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