Incident 72: Facebook translates 'good morning' into 'attack them', leading to arrest
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Facebook's automatic language translation software incorrectly translated an Arabic post saying "Good morning" into Hebrew saying "hurt them," leading to the arrest of a Palestinian man in Beitar Illit, Israel. The post was not read by any Arabic-speaking officers before the arrest was made. The man was posted the words along with a picture of him leaning on a bulldozer, which are sometimes used in terrorist attacks, therefore the conclusion made he was inciting violence. Facebook's automatic language translation software can translate 40 languages in 1,800 directions, and posts the translation instead of the original when confident the translation is correct.
Facebook's automatic language translation software incorrectly translated an Arabic post saying "Good morning" into Hebrew saying "hurt them," leading to the arrest of a Palestinian man in Beitar Illit, Israel.
Psychological harm, Harm to civil liberties
AI System Description
Facebook's automatic language translation software that can translate 40 languages in 1,800 directions
Sector of Deployment
Information and communication
Relevant AI functions
Perception, Cognition, Action
natural language processing
Beitar Illit, Israel
Israeli Police, Facebook, Beitar Illit, Israel
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Known AI Technology
Convolutional Neural Network, Recurrent Neural Network, Distributional Learning
Potential AI Technology
Intermediate modeling, Classification, Multimodal Learning, Image Classification
Known AI Technical Failure
Dataset Imbalance, Distributional Bias
Potential AI Technical Failure
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