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Facebook apologizes after AI blocks posts about DIY coronavirus masks

The Next Web Tuesday, 7 April 2020
Facebook’s AI moderators claimed another innocent victim this week when an algorithm blocked content on DIY coronavirus masks. The system threatened to ban mask makers in Pennsylvania, Illinois, and California, The New York Times reports. These groups were set up to fill a gap in protective gear that has forced hospital staff to don ski goggles and Halloween masks as shields against infection. But their efforts were caught in the crossfire of Facebook‘s battle against coronavirus profiteers. “The automated systems we set up to prevent the sale of medical masks needed by health workers have inadvertently blocked some efforts to…

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