Before I dig in, since I’ll be talking about bias, let me share a bit about mine. I have been an avid Facebook user for about 8 years. I have 3.2 million followers. I consistently see high engagement on my Facebook page. We have begun using Facebook’s live video streaming platform and are encouraged by the results and …
I spend my days thinking and talking about algorithmic fairness, and when algorithms might discriminate. Most of the time, the reaction I get is “But algorithms are just code ! they only do what you tell them”. What this tells me is that there’s a fundamental disconnect between how people think about learning algorithms, and how they actually work, and thinking about this disconnect is what led me to write this.
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Facebook does not need a dislike button (as it will quickly find out if it implements one), but rather ways of signaling support and importance, first preferably to the person, and the second preferably to the algorithm. Otherwise, conflating these signals ends up with feeds dominated by baby and vacation pics as signals to person get interpreted as signals to algorithm to keep showing more of the same thing when we mean: “hey, you, I see you and I care”, not “hey, algorithm, show me 30 more pictures of this person’s adorable little one.”
…p building out infrastructure and backdoors to track low-status youth in new ways? It saddens me that the conversation is constructed as being about student privacy, but it’s really about who has the right to monitor which youth. And, as always, we allow certain actors to continue asserting power over youth.