Meta Hasn’t Changed Its Biased Algorithm Over a Year After Failing Civil Rights Audit

Back when Meta was still known as Facebook, it failed a civil rights audit that revealed that there were certain biases in its algorithm that needed to end up being changed. In fact, the auditor that conducted the audit went so far as to say that Facebook needed to make 117 changes in order to make it so that its algorithm could be called fair in any way, shape or form whatsoever with all things having been considered and taken into account.

While the company has implemented some of the changes, it has refused two of them outright. More than a year after the audit was conducted, Meta revealed that it would be improving upon the Facebook platform, but 42 of the mandated changes have yet to be made. With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that Meta is saying that apart from the two changes that it refused to make outright, it would also be evaluating whether or not six more changes should even be made.

Recommendations such as people being targeted by voter suppression are the ones being evaluated, but that’s quite strange because of the fact that this is the sort of thing that could potentially end up preventing people from realizing when their civil liberties are in some way being infringed upon. That suggests that Meta is not taking the results of the audit all that seriously, but the fact that progress on over half of the points has been made is a hopeful sign for some. The important thing to note here is that progress is slow, and it would need to be sped up and the more serious points would need to be addressed before people can start looking into maximizing their usage of Facebook in any way at all.
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