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    Facebook blames facial recognition software after mistaking Black men for primates

    A video posted on Facebook was accompanied by a prompt to 'keep seeing videos about Primates'. However, the video made no mention of primates.



    Facebook users who watched a year-old tabloid video featuring Black men were shown an auto-generated prompt asking if they would like to keep seeing videos about Primates.

    Former Facebook content design manager, Darci Groves called on Facebook to fix the egregious matter after a friend sent her a screenshot of the racist prompt.
    Facebook labels Black men as primates

    The video was initially published by the Daily Mail on 27 June 2020 and featured clips of a white man who called the cops after an altercation with Black civilians. Taking to social media, Groves said:

    Um. This keep seeing prompt is unacceptable, Facebook. And despite the video being more than a year old, a friend got this prompt yesterday.

    Groves also called on her friends and followers specifically those who are still employed at Facebook to escalated the matter.


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    Facebook labels Black men as ‘primates’...

    Former Facebook content design manager, Darci Groves called on Facebook to fix the egregious matter after a friend sent her a screenshot of the racist prompt.
    Were they technically wrong?


    Several studies have shown facial recognition software are biased. Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology said algorithms still falsely identify African-American and Asian faces.
    That means they are working in terms of physical anthropology.

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