Incident 392: Facebook's AI-Supported Moderation Failed to Classify Terrorist Content in East African Languages

Description: Facebook's system involving algorithmic content moderation for East African languages was reportedly failing to identify violating content on the platform such as mistakenly classifying non-terrorist content.


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Alleged: Facebook developed and deployed an AI system, which harmed Facebook users speaking East African languages and Facebook users in East Africa.

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Khoa Lam


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