TWITTER CDO ACKNOWLEDGES ‘RACIST’ PHOTO ALGORITHM: ‘IT’S 100 PERCENT OUR FAULT’. Twitter’s chief design officer, Dantley Davis, has acknowledged evidence of racial bias in how a neural network used by the platform generates photo previews.
Teams from the social media site will investigate an algorithm that is used to decide which sections of an image are cropped and displayed in tweet previews, after tests over the weekend indicated it favors white faces over black faces.
The neural network deployed by Twitter automatically crops images that are uploaded to the platform, deciding which “salient” parts are shown in a post.
Davis conducted his own experiments into claims of bias on Saturday after a user flagged his Black colleague appeared to have been cropped out of a preview when a picture of them both was shared on mobile.