Incident 141: California Police Turned on Music to Allegedly Trigger Instagram’s DCMA to Avoid Being Live-Streamed

Description: A police officer in Beverly Hills played copyrighted music on his phone when realizing that his interactions were being recorded on a livestream, allegedly hoping the Instagram's automated copyright detection system to end or mute the stream.


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Alleged: Instagram developed and deployed an AI system, which harmed Sennett Devermont and Beverly Hills citizens.

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Sean McGregor, Khoa Lam

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Known AI Goal

Copyrighted Content Detection

Potential AI Technology

Acoustic Fingerprint, Spectrogram

Known AI Technical Failure

Adversarial Data, Gaming Vulnerability

Potential AI Technical Failure

Lack of Adversarial Robustness, Black Box

Beverly Hills cops try to weaponize Instagram’s algorithms in failed attempt to thwart live streamers · 2021

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Is This Beverly Hills Cop Playing Sublime’s ‘Santeria’ to Avoid Being Live-Streamed? · 2021

Last Friday, a man entered the Beverly Hills police department, only to be treated to a mini DJ set that could potentially get his Instagram account banned.

Sennett Devermont was at the department to file a form to obtain body camera footag…


A "variant" is an incident that shares the same causative factors, produces similar harms, and involves the same intelligent systems as a known AI incident. Rather than index variants as entirely separate incidents, we list variations of incidents under the first similar incident submitted to the database. Unlike other submission types to the incident database, variants are not required to have reporting in evidence external to the Incident Database. Learn more from the research paper.