Incident 316: Facebook Ad-Approval Algorithm Allegedly Missed Fraudulent Ads via Simple URL Checks

Description: Facebook’s advertisement-approval algorithm was reported by a security analyst to have neglected simple checks for domain URLs, leaving its users at risk of fraudulent ads.
Alleged: Facebook developed and deployed an AI system, which harmed Facebook users.

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Dickinson, Ingrid. (2016-06-02) Incident Number 316. in Lam, K. (ed.) Artificial Intelligence Incident Database. Responsible AI Collaborative.

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