Incident 417: Facebook Feed Algorithms Exposed Low Digitally Skilled Users to More Disturbing Content

Description: Facebook feed algorithms were known by internal research to have harmed people having low digital literacy by exposing them to disturbing content they did not know how to avoid or monitor.


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Alleged: Facebook developed and deployed an AI system, which harmed low digitally skilled Facebook users.

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Khoa Lam


A "variant" is an incident that shares the same causative factors, produces similar harms, and involves the same intelligent systems as a known AI incident. Rather than index variants as entirely separate incidents, we list variations of incidents under the first similar incident submitted to the database. Unlike other submission types to the incident database, variants are not required to have reporting in evidence external to the Incident Database. Learn more from the research paper.