Facebook in recent months attracted fair share of criticisms regarding different topics and most recently, the social networking giant has attracted attention for a false translation that resulted a Palestinian construction worker’s arrest earlier. After it was revealed that there was a mistake in the translation on the social network, Facebook has apologized for its role in the event.
Earlier, the construction worker posted a picture of himself at work in the morning with caption saying “Good Morning”. However, automated translation of the word showed “Attack them” and “Hurt them”. As a result, Israeli police arrested the worker thinking that he was planning on a terrorist attack with the bulldozer.
However, later Arabic speakers revealed that the automated translation used by Facebook’s AI used an word which isn’t part of Arabic language itself but to non-Arabic speaker, it’s pretty similar to the corresponding word of hurt. Israeli police authority didn’t have Arabic translator and relied on the automated translation to arrest the person in question.
While the arrested person was released few hours later following interrogation, the latest incident shows the problems associated with Facebook’s heavy reliance on artificial intelligence. Moreover, such incidents aren’t new considering earlier last year, the social networking giant became center of attention following a series of incidents related to its image recognition algorithms.
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