Incident 326: Facebook Automated Year-in-Review Highlights Showed Users Painful Memories

Description: Facebook’s “Year in Review” algorithm which compiled content in users’ past year as highlights inadvertently showed painful and unwanted memories to users, including death of family member.


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Alleged: Facebook developed and deployed an AI system, which harmed Facebook users having posts about painful events and Facebook users.

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Khoa Lam
Inadvertent Algorithmic Cruelty · 2014

I didn’t go looking for grief this afternoon, but it found me anyway, and I have designers and programmers to thank for it. In this case, the designers and programmers are somewhere at Facebook.

I know they’re probably pretty proud of the w…

Facebook apologises over 'cruel' Year in Review clips · 2014

Facebook has apologised after learning, yet again, that not everything can be done algorithmically. Some things, it seems, need the human touch.

The company’s latest blunder stems from a seemingly innocuous feature it rolls out to its users…

Facebook Apologizes for Year in Review Gaffe · 2014

Facebook's "Year in Review" feature is a delight to some and a painful reminder for others of events in 2014 they'd rather not be reminded of as the year comes to a close.

Web designer Eric Meyer's daughter Rebecca died in 2014. Last week, …


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