When filters fail: These cases show we can’t trust algorithms to clean up the internet (Julia Reda)

Julia Reda: When filters fail: These cases show we can’t trust algorithms to clean up the internet. “Installing censorship infrastructure that surveils everything people upload and letting algorithms make judgement calls about what we all can and cannot say online is an attack on our fundamental rights. But there’s another key question: Does it even work? The [European Commission] claims that where automatic filters have already been implemented voluntarily – like YouTube’s Content ID system – ‘these practices have shown good results’. Oh, really? Here are examples of filters getting it horribly wrong, ranging from hilarious to deeply worrying…”

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