Incident 166: Networking Platform Giggle Employs AI to Determine Users’ Gender, Allegedly Excluding Transgender Women

Description: A social networking platform, Giggle, allegedly collected, shared to third-parties, and used sensitive information and biometric data to verify whether a person is a woman via facial recognition, which critics claimed to be discriminatory against women of color and harmful towards trans women.


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Alleged: Kairos developed an AI system deployed by Giggle, which harmed trans women and women of color.

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Sean McGregor, Khoa Lam


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