Social media has degenerated from distribution of false information (which still occurs in abundance), to censoring speech that billionaires do not like, to Artificial Stupidity-based systems that incorrectly classify posts.
Contrary to Zuckerberg’s claims that AI will solve everything – this is not true now and will doubtfully ever be true.
In this case, citing a source causes Facebook to mis-classify your post as spam! The incentive then is to not cite sources! Which then lowers the quality of discourse on social media!
I enjoy social media for the exchange of knowledge and the acquaintances I have made. It was disappointing to me that Facebook censored my response (right) to the question from a friend (left), re the number of pediatric deaths and case rates in April using CDC and AAP data. pic.twitter.com/zTrJwJtywT
— Tracy Høeg, MD, PhD (@TracyBethHoeg) May 20, 2021
Twitter has an AI-based tool to automatically crop photos. Turns out it is biased to favor white women and biased against those with dark skin pigmentation.
This is one of many examples illustrating the bias inherit in bad AI-based systems. If they do this for photos, they do this for text too.