Is Twitter's algorithm racist?

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Twitter has launched an investigation into its neural network, which appears to be racially biased. When pulling up an image in its photo preview function, the algorithm consistently favours the faces of white people – almost always displaying a lighter-skinned face and cropping out the Black people also featured in the photo.

A college professor first raised the design issue on Twitter, but in relation to Zoom's AI software. You can see the tweet below, which drew attention to the fact that Zoom was erasing the face of his Black colleague when he used a background while video chatting (for more successful design results, see our pick of web design tools). 

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Georgia Coggan

Georgia is lucky enough to be Creative Bloq's Editor. She has been working for Creative Bloq since 2018, starting out as a freelancer writing about all things branding, design, art, tech and creativity – as well as sniffing out genuinely good deals on creative technology. Since becoming Editor, she has been managing the site on a day-to-day basis, helping to shape the diverse content streams CB is known for and leading the team in their own creativity.