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Twitter to change image cropping amid bias concern
Twitter to change image cropping amid bias concern
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Twitter announced Thursday it would make changes to how preview images are cropped amid concerns about possible bias. When posting pictures, Twitter users noticed the company algorithm selected white faces over black ones in preview images.

The company wrote a blog post titled "Transparency around image cropping and changes to come" explaining the development of a solution to deal with the bias problem.

"We are prioritizing work to decrease our reliance on ML-based image cropping by giving people more visibility and control over what their images will look like in a Tweet. We’ve started exploring different options to see what will work best across the wide range of images people Tweet every day. We hope that giving people more choices for image cropping and previewing what they’ll look like in the Tweet composer may help reduce the risk of harm," the company said in the post.

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Google launches Pinterest competitor named Keen
A look at Google's new product "Keen2
A look at Google's new product "Keen2 Credit: Google / StayKeen

Two teams at Google, Area 120 and PAIR, have launched a Pinterest competitor named Keen to the public. Similar to its competitor the website functions as a curation tool for content on the internet. Keen automatically suggests content based on keywords that the user can then filter. In addition, Keen enables the saving of other content from the web and the collaboration with others. According to the co-founder CJ Adams, the underlying machine learning technologies by the People + AI Research (PAIR) team at Google enable Keen to give better recommendations over time as more content is curated by the user.