Carscoops: Google’s AI Finds This Strosek Porsche Interior Photo Sexually Arousing

Carscoops: Google’s AI Finds This Strosek Porsche Interior Photo Sexually Arousing. “We regularly feature some down and dirty sexy cars on this site, but we want Carscoops to be a place for fans of all ages (and backgrounds, races, religions and genders,) so usually try to come up with a reacharound, I mean workaround, when faced with the prospect of publishing potentially offensive content. Unless it’s a shockingly ugly modified Ferrari. But this week Google clearly thought we weren’t sticking to our own rules as it flagged a story we’d written about a modified Porsche, claiming it contained sexually explicit material. Google being Google, though, it didn’t tell us exactly what it was about the post that had upset its AI guardians.”

New York Times: Facebook’s Unglamorous Mistakes

New York Times: Facebook’s Unglamorous Mistakes. “…ordinary people, businesses and groups serving the public interest like news organizations suffer when social networks cut off their accounts and they can’t find help or figure out what they did wrong. This doesn’t happen often, but a small percentage of mistakes at Facebook’s size add up. The Wall Street Journal calculated that Facebook might make roughly 200,000 wrong calls a day.

Bleeping Computer: Google Drive flags nearly empty files for ‘copyright infringement’

Bleeping Computer: Google Drive flags nearly empty files for ‘copyright infringement’. “Dr. Chris Jefferson, Ph.D., an AI and mathematics researcher at the University of St Andrews, was also able to reproduce the issue when uploading multiple computer-generated files to Drive. Jefferson generated over 2,000 files, each containing just a number between -1000 and 1000. The files containing the digits 173, 174, 186, 266, 285, 302, 336, 451, 500, and 833 were shortly flagged by Google Drive for copyright infringement.”

USA Today: Facebook may not like conservatives but the social media giant sure seems to help them

USA Today: Facebook may not like conservatives but the social media giant sure seems to help them. “‘That was fun,’ Bethany S. Mandel says, after a conservative publisher of children’s books was banned from advertising on Meta’s Facebook platform just days before Christmas, and then mysteriously reinstated this week after a national furor. Mandel is editor of Heroes of Liberty, which publishes books about conservative figures such as Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher. We spoke by phone about the ban and the reinstatement as her five children played in the background.”

Techdirt: Impossibility Of Content Moderation: Scientist Debunking Vaccine Myths Gets A YouTube Strike For Medical Misinfo

Techdirt: Impossibility Of Content Moderation: Scientist Debunking Vaccine Myths Gets A YouTube Strike For Medical Misinfo. “This involves a scientist who streams on YouTube as Scientist Mel, and tries to educate people about science, including debunking bad science takes. This included a recent two hour episode debunking anti-vaxxers and anti-maskers. The video does look at a bunch of ridiculous conspiracy theories and scientific claptrap and nonsense… and then debunks it. But, YouTube dinged her channel for misinformation.”

Boing Boing: Youtube removes video of woman playing harp with a distortion pedal because it “endangers children”

Boing Boing: Youtube removes video of woman playing harp with a distortion pedal because it “endangers children”. “Last week, Emily Hopkins ruled Youtube for a day after attaching a roaring distortion pedal to her harp and performing enchanting and extremely hardcore melodies thereof. YouTube removed it citing its ‘child endangerment’ policy.”

The New Republic: How a Bunch of Revolutionary War Reenactors Got Caught Up in Facebook’s Purge of Militia Groups

The New Republic: How a Bunch of Revolutionary War Reenactors Got Caught Up in Facebook’s Purge of Militia Groups. “[Rory] Nolan belongs to historical reenactment groups that sometimes dramatize Revolutionary War-era militias (you can begin to see the problem), and he manages the Facebook and Instagram pages for several of them. He tried to establish new accounts under new email addresses, but they didn’t last long before getting swept up in the same moderation process. Again, they were banned with no possibility of appeal. And like that, Nolan’s social media presence—and much of his social life—quietly winked out of existence.”