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Facebook AI moderator confused videos of mass shootings and car washes | Ars Technica

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“Facebook’s internal documents reveal just how far its AI moderation tools are from identifying what human moderators were easily catching. Cockfights, for example, were mistakenly flagged by the AI as a car crash. “These are clearly cockfighting videos,” the report said. In another instance, videos livestreamed by perpetrators of mass shootings were labeled by AI tools as paintball games or a trip through a carwash. If the situation sounds grim in the US or among English-speaking countries, it appears far worse elsewhere. In Afghanistan, for example, the company said in reports that it lacks a dictionary of slurs in the country’s various languages. As a result, Facebook estimates that it identified just 0.23 percent of hate speech posted on the platform in Afghanistan.”

Source : Facebook AI moderator confused videos of mass shootings and car washes | Ars Technica

Squid Game Cryptocurrency Scammers Make Off With $2.1 Million

The price of SQUID cryptocurrency plunging to $

“If you’re going to buy cryptocurrency, the most important thing to look out for isn’t necessarily the price. First, figure out whether you can sell the coin after you bought it. If you can’t sell—like the people who invested in SQUID discovered they can’t—it doesn’t matter how high the price goes, just as it doesn’t matter how large of a number someone writes on Monopoly bills. Cryptocurrency is only worth what someone else is willing to pay for it. And if the rules say you can’t even sell, you’ve just been scammed. Sorry, folks.”

Source : Squid Game Cryptocurrency Scammers Make Off With $2.1 Million

The Metaverse Was Lame Even Before Facebook, By Ethan Zuckerman

An image of a person wearing VR headset in 1995

“Neal Stephenson’s metaverse has been a lasting creation because it’s fictional. It doesn’t have to solve all the intricate problems of content moderation and extremism and interpersonal interaction to raise questions about what virtual worlds can give us and what our real world lacks. Today’s metaverse creators are missing the point, just like I missed the point back at Ted’s Fish Fry in 1994. The metaverse isn’t about building perfect virtual escape hatches—it’s about holding a mirror to our own broken, shared world. Facebook’s promised metaverse is about distracting us from the world it’s helped break.”

Source : The Metaverse Was Lame Even Before Facebook – The Atlantic

« Tuer gentiment sa femme, c’est bien » : les biais racistes et sexistes de Ask Delphi rappellent les limites de l’IA

“Pour essayer d’affiner son esprit critique, Delphi a donc passé de longs moments à scruter le web, et notamment les questions posées sur les pages Reddit r/AmITheAsshole (que l’on traduirait par « suis-je un trou du cul ? ») et r/Confessions, ou les redditeurs se livrent leurs secrets les moins avouables. Ces situations ont ensuite été soumises aux jugements de sous-traitants, employés grâce à l’Amazon Mechanical Turk, l’outil de microtâche à bas prix mis à disposition par Amazon. De ce processus est sorti une sorte de « guide moral » appelé Commonsense Norm Bank. Cette base de données « compile 1,7 million d’exemples de jugements éthiques de personnes, sur un large éventail de situations quotidiennes. »”

Source : « Tuer gentiment sa femme, c’est bien » : les biais racistes et sexistes de Ask Delphi rappellent les limites de l’IA

The Facebook Files – WSJ

The Facebook Files

Facebook knows, in acute detail, that its platforms are riddled with flaws that cause harm, often in ways only the company fully understands. That is the central finding of a Wall Street Journal series, based on a review of internal Facebook documents, including research reports, online employee discussions and drafts of presentations to senior management.
Time and again, the documents show, Facebook’s researchers have identified the platform’s ill effects. Time and again, despite congressional hearings, its own pledges and numerous media exposés, the company didn’t fix them. The documents offer perhaps the clearest picture thus far of how broadly Facebook’s problems are known inside the company, up to the chief executive himself.

  1. Facebook Says Its Rules Apply to All. Company Documents Reveal a Secret Elite That’s Exempt
  2. Facebook Knows Instagram Is Toxic for Many Teen Girls, Company Documents Show
  3. Facebook Tried to Make Its Platform a Healthier Place. It Got Angrier Instead.
  4. Facebook Employees Flag Drug Cartels and Human Traffickers. The Company’s Response Is Weak, Documents Show.
  5. How Facebook Hobbled Mark Zuckerberg’s Bid to Get America Vaccinated
  6. Facebook’s Effort to Attract Preteens Goes Beyond Instagram Kids, Documents Show
  7. Facebook’s Documents About Instagram and Teens, Published
  8. Is Sheryl Sandberg’s Power Shrinking? Ten Years of Facebook Data Offers Clues
  9. The Facebook Whistleblower, Frances Haugen, Says She Wants to Fix the Company, Not Harm It

Source : The Facebook Files – WSJ

Fuite de Twitch : seulement 3 femmes sur les 100 streameurs les mieux payés au monde

“Les trois seules femmes qui figurent dans le top 100 des plus gros revenus de Twitch, entre septembre 2019 et octobre 2021, sont : Pokimane, à la 34e place, une streameuse de jeux vidéo, Amouranth, à la 48e place, qui fait des séances d’ASMR et des stream jacuzzi, et Sintica, à la 71e place, une DJ dont les lives sont focalisés sur la musique.
Pour quiconque suit de près ou de loin l’actualité de Twitch, cette nouvelle ne sera pas très étonnante : le sexisme et les commentaires misogynes sont très courants sur Twitch. Le harcèlement est également un fléau qui touche quasiment toutes les femmes streameuses, et le phénomène est encore plus exacerbé lors qu’elles sont spécialisées dans les jeux vidéo.”

Source : Fuite de Twitch : seulement 3 femmes sur les 100 streameurs les mieux payés au monde

More details about the October 4 outage – Facebook Engineering

More details about the Oct. 4 Facebook outage

“One of the jobs performed by our smaller facilities is to respond to DNS queries. DNS is the address book of the internet, enabling the simple web names we type into browsers to be translated into specific server IP addresses. Those translation queries are answered by our authoritative name servers that occupy well known IP addresses themselves, which in turn are advertised to the rest of the internet via another protocol called the border gateway protocol (BGP).
To ensure reliable operation, our DNS servers disable those BGP advertisements if they themselves can not speak to our data centers, since this is an indication of an unhealthy network connection. In the recent outage the entire backbone was removed from operation, making these locations declare themselves unhealthy and withdraw those BGP advertisements. The end result was that our DNS servers became unreachable even though they were still operational. This made it impossible for the rest of the internet to find our servers.
All of this happened very fast. And as our engineers worked to figure out what was happening and why, they faced two large obstacles: first, it was not possible to access our data centers through our normal means because their networks were down, and second, the total loss of DNS broke many of the internal tools we’d normally use to investigate and resolve outages like this.”

Source : More details about the October 4 outage – Facebook Engineering

Whistle-Blower Says Facebook ‘Chooses Profits Over Safety’

Frances Haugen, the Facebook whistle-blower, revealed her identity on Sunday and gave an interview to “60 Minutes.”

“While “Facebook has publicized its work to combat misinformation and violent extremism relating to the 2020 election and insurrection,” Ms. Haugen’s documents told a different story, one cover letter read. “In reality, Facebook knew its algorithms and platforms promoted this type of harmful content, and it failed to deploy internally recommended or lasting countermeasures.””

Source : Whistle-Blower Says Facebook ‘Chooses Profits Over Safety’ – The New York Times

Tessellated TikTok logos against a dark background.

“A member of the Stanford Behavioral Laboratory posted on a Prolific forum, “We have noticed a huge leap in the number of participants on the platform in the US Pool, from 40k to 80k. Which is great, however, now a lot of our studies have a gender skew where maybe 85% of participants are women. Plus the age has been averaging around 21.” Wayne State psychologist Hannah Schechter seems to have been the first person to crack the case. “This may be far-fetched,” she tweeted, linking to Frank’s video, “but given the timing, virality of the video, and the user’s follower demographics….” Long-standing Prolific survey-takers complained on Reddit that Frank had made it difficult to find paid surveys to take on the overrun platform.”

Source : A teenager on TikTok disrupted thousands of scientific studies with a single video – The Verge

Facebook Knows Instagram Is Toxic for Teen Girls, Company Documents Show

“They came to the conclusion that some of the problems were specific to Instagram, and not social media more broadly. That is especially true concerning so-called social comparison, which is when people assess their own value in relation to the attractiveness, wealth and success of others. “Social comparison is worse on Instagram,” states Facebook’s deep dive into teen girl body-image issues in 2020, noting that TikTok, a short-video app, is grounded in performance, while users on Snapchat, a rival photo and video-sharing app, are sheltered by jokey filters that “keep the focus on the face.” In contrast, Instagram focuses heavily on the body and lifestyle.”

Source : Facebook Knows Instagram Is Toxic for Teen Girls, Company Documents Show – WSJ

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