Facebook is under fire right now after a video has been posted online and netizens are raging over it. “Keep seeing videos about primates?” Wow.
Facebook has announced that it disabled its topic recommendation feature after it mistook Black men for “primates” in a video on the social network.
Facebook released a statement where the giant company said, “We apologize to anyone who may have seen these offensive recommendations, we disabled the entire topic recommendation feature as soon as we realized this was happening so we could investigate the cause and prevent this from happening again. Clearly unacceptable error.”
Previously last June 2020, a video in question, posted by the Daily Mail, is titled, “White man calls cops on black men at marina.”
It was also reported that Facebook users in recent days who watched a British tabloid video featuring Black men were shown an auto-generated prompt asking if they would like to “keep seeing videos about Primates.
This is not Facebook’s first time in the spotlight for major technical errors. Last year, Chinese President Xi Jinping’s name appeared as “Mr. S***hole” on its platform when translated from Burmese to English. The translation hiccup seemed to be Facebook-specific and didn’t occur on Google, Reuters had reported.
However, in 2015, Google’s image recognition software classified photos of Black people as “gorillas.” Google apologized and removed the labels of gorilla, chimp, chimpanzee, and monkey — words that remained censored over two years later.
This is egregious, should the Biden administration be blamed for this case?