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Facebook algorithm ‘actively promoting Holocaust denial’

Facebook algorithm ‘actively promoting Holocaust denial’

Technology
Facebook's algorithms are "actively promoting" Holocaust denial content, according to new research by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue.Last week, the social media giant pledged to crack down on antisemitic content, but it does not categorise Holocaust denial as hate speech - and according to the ISD, this means such posts are still spreading on the platform. The anti-extremism think tank found hundreds of thousands of users across 36 groups on Facebook. After its researchers clicked through these groups, Facebook then began recommending them further Holocaust denial pages.Extensive analysis by historians has established that more than 11 million people are believed to have been killed by the German state and its collaborators between 1933 and 1945. ...
Firm defends algorithm that ‘spots women’s orgasms’

Firm defends algorithm that ‘spots women’s orgasms’

Technology
A firm that claimed to have built an algorithm to identify women's orgasms has defended itself after ridicule on social media. Cyprus-based Relida Limited said its algorithm could "validate" female orgasms 86% of the time.Slides from a presentation it produced were posted on Twitter and were retweeted thousands of times.The company said it had wanted to help developers test sex tech products and that its work had been "twisted".The presentation was posted on Twitter by Stu Nugent, brand manager at the sex toy label Lelo, after he was sent the pitch.The slides, seen by the BBC, say that "there is no reliable way to be sure a woman has an orgasm". They list statistics about women who have faked climaxes.Relida said its idea was still in development and the...
Facebook to reveal News Feed algorithm secrets

Facebook to reveal News Feed algorithm secrets

Technology
Facebook is launching a new feature that explains how its algorithms decide what to display in your News Feed. A new "Why am I seeing this post?" button will indicate what activity influenced Facebook's algorithms.It is the first time the company has given people access to this insight directly in its app and on the website.Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and others have been criticised for using algorithms to recommend content without explaining to users how they work.Facebook told the BBC the new feature was available for some users in the UK today. It will roll out fully by 2 May. The "Why am I seeing this post?" button will be found in the drop-down menu that appears at the top right of every post in the News Feed.The tool...
Bible helps scientists develop more sophisticated translation algorithm

Bible helps scientists develop more sophisticated translation algorithm

Science
Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Computers are getting better at translation, but they're not yet as capable as humans, who can capture nuance in the language and translate text for different affect, depending on the audience. To develop more sophisticated translation algorithms, capable of translating for style, researchers at Dartmouth College turned to the Bible. Because the Bible has been translated so many times, the text and its many derivatives offer machine learning algorithms a uniquely vast dataset from which to learn. Researchers used the many translations of the Bible's 31,000 verses to produce more than 1.5 million unique translation pairings. The dataset allowed the algorithms to learn how the same text can be translated myriad ways -- each offering a unique style. "The English-language Bi...
YouTube stars' fury over algorithm tests

YouTube stars' fury over algorithm tests

Technology
Some of YouTube's most popular stars have criticised the website for "experimenting" with how their videos are delivered to their fans.Unannounced, YouTube started testing an algorithm that changed the order videos appeared in users' subscription feeds.The experiment came to light when some users complained on social media.One YouTube star said it was the worst decision the website had made for years. But YouTube defended its experiment.What's the issue?Originally, the YouTube subscription feed was a chronological list of videos from all the channels that a person had chosen to "subscribe" to. The system let people curate a personalised feed full of content from their favourite video-makers.However, many video-makers have previously complained that some ...