Can a country bumpkin’s naivete be replicated by artificial intelligence? Yep. Last night, post after post on my Facebook page was flagged for breaking rules on SPAM. I couldn’t figure it out. Today I understand it all, and that’s enough for me to classify AI on social media as a bunch of tech rubes, regardless of the fact they aren’t human.
Imagine a world where machines rule us. Then again, I’d rather not.
Turns out Facebook didn’t just remove my posts in error—the same thing happened to lots of others.
The Hill and other media reported on this flagging phenomena:
“Guy Rosen, Facebook’s vice president of integrity, said in a tweet that the errors were caused by “an issue with an automated system that removes links to abusive websites, but incorrectly removed a lot of other posts too.”
Y’all. Tell me “vice president of integrity” doesn’t give you the creeps, just based on that title alone.
YouTube also allegedly experienced “moderation errors.”
One of the posts flagged on my account was a story from the Associated Press, the nation’s only wire service. I perceive the AP as definitely left leaning, so you’d think that’d be peachy with Facebook. The story dealt with border chaos as trucks lined up to transport supplies. Knowing how most on social media never read past the header, I even annotated the article to inform this happened in Europe, not the US.
The article was restored today.
If machines do end up ruling the world, all I can say is these algorithms used by social media are complete rubes, even if they aren’t human country bumpkins.
(Kay B. Day/March 18, 2020)
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