With Facebook algorithms coming under the lens for being biased and failing to check fake news, the social network s security chief tweeted that doing away with algorithms is not the answer. In any situation where millions/billions/tens of Bs of items need to be sorted, need algos, Alex Stamos, Chief Security Officer at Facebook, said in a tweet late. Also Read - Happy Friendship Day 2021: How to send Friendship Day wishes Stickers on WhatsAppAlso Read - Facebook is finally bringing 'smart glasses' in collaboration with Ray-Ban
Facebook uses algorithms to determine everything from what you see and do not see in News Feed, to finding and removing other content like hate speech and violent threats, ReCode reported.The social network has faced criticism in the past for using these algorithms and not humans to monitor its service for things like abuse, violent threats, and misinformation.
Nobody of substance at the big companies thinks of algorithms as neutral. Nobody is not aware of the risks, Stamos, a key player in Facebook s effort to understand Russian election meddling, said in a series of tweets.
The social network is currently facing intense scrutiny over the presence of Russia-linked ads on its platform during the 2016 American presidential election and along with Twitter, is set to appear before the US Congress on November 1 to testify. Before pointing out the shortcomings of algorithms, Stamos suggested that journalists should try to talk to people who have actually had to solve these problems and live with the consequences. ALSO READ: Facebook UK operations pays just 5.1 million pounds in tax
Despite Stamos outbursts on Twitter, Facebook is reportedly planning to make scrutiny of some advertisements more stringent before they are published on its platforms. The social network is going to require ads that are targeted to people based on politics, religion, ethnicity or social issues to be manually reviewed before they go live, Axios.com reported.