Twitter to investigate apparent racial bias in photo previews

Twitter to investigate apparent racial bias in photo previews
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Twitter to investigate apparent racial bias in photo previews

The first look a Twitter user gets at a tweet might be an unintentionally racially biased one.

Twitter said Sunday that it would investigate whether the neural network that selects which part of an image to show in a photo preview favors showing the faces of white people over Black people. 

The trouble started over the weekend when Twitter users posted several examples of how, in an image featuring a photo of a Black person and a photo of a white person, Twitter’s preview of the photo in the timeline more frequently displayed the white person.

Trying a horrible experiment…

Which will the Twitter algorithm pick: Mitch McConnell or Barack Obama? pic.twitter.com/bR1GRyCkia

— Tony “Abolish (Pol)ICE” Arcieri 🦀 (@bascule) September 19, 2020 Read more…

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