Incident 362: Facebook's Automated Moderation Flagged Gardening Group's Language Use by Mistake

Description: Facebook's automated system flagged gardening groups' use of "hoe" and violent language against bugs as a violation by mistake.


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Alleged: Facebook developed and deployed an AI system, which harmed WNY Gardeners , gardening Facebook groups and Facebook users in gardening groups.

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Khoa Lam
Hoe no! Facebook snafu spells trouble for gardening group · 2021

Moderating a Facebook gardening group in western New York is not without challenges. There are complaints of wooly bugs, inclement weather and the novice members who insist on using dish detergent on their plants.

And then there’s the word …


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