Incident 318: Facebook Recommended Military Gear Ads Despite Pause on Weapons Accessories Ads

Description: Facebook’s algorithmic recommendations reportedly continued showing advertisements for gun accessories and military gear, despite Facebook’s halt on weapons accessories ads following the US Capitol attack.
Alleged: Facebook developed and deployed an AI system, which harmed Facebook users.

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Dickinson, Ingrid. (2021-01-13) Incident Number 318. in Lam, K. (ed.) Artificial Intelligence Incident Database. Responsible AI Collaborative.

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