Twitter examining why photo previews on its site focus on white faces

Twitter examining why photo previews on its site focus on white faces
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[Ed. – The answer is obvious: Artificial intelligence is racist.]

Twitter is examining why its artificial intelligence sometimes cuts black people’s faces out of photos.

The social-media giant uses technology called a neural network to create the cropped previews of photos that users see as they scroll through their feeds. But users discovered that the system often hones in on white faces when they’re pictured in the same image as black faces.

“We tested for bias before shipping the model and didn’t find evidence of racial or gender bias in our testing, but it’s clear that we’ve got more analysis to do,” Twitter spokeswoman Liz Kelley tweeted Sunday after users pointed out the issue, which was reported earlier by The Verge. “We’ll open source our work so others can review and replicate.”

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Programmer Tony Arcieri demonstrated the problem with an image that pictured both Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and former President Barack Obama.

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