NEW YORK (AP) – Facebook has apologized for putting a “primate” tag on a video of black men, according to a report in the New York Times.
The newspaper said the video was published by a tabloid in June and showed black men arguing with white civilians and police. After the video ended, an automatic message popped up saying “keep watching primate videos,” according to the Times.
Facebook turned off the artificial intelligence feature that was showing the message, the Times said, and apologized for what it called “an unacceptable mistake” and told the newspaper it would investigate further to make sure that this happened. does not happen again.
Facebook did not respond to an Associated Press request for comment on Saturday. But a spokesperson for the company told The Times that while Facebook has improved its artificial intelligence, “it’s not perfect” and has “more to do.”
Artificial intelligence has already mislabeled people of color. In 2015, Google apologized after having labeled a photo of two blacks in gorillas.
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