Wow… just… wow…

I thought this was a joke… Nobody would fall for something ‘this’ outlandish…

In the week of America’s Independence Day, the algorithms of Facebook decided that the Declaration of Independence was hate speech.

The Liberty County Vindicator, a community newspaper between Houston and Beaumont, had been posting the whole declaration in small daily chunks for nine days on its Facebook page in the run-up to July 4. But the 10th excerpt was not posted Monday as scheduled, and the paper said it received an automated notice saying the post “goes against our standards on hate speech.”

Full article, HERE from the Washington Times.

After the hooraw over FB earlier this spring, you would think they would be looking at things pretty closely, to make SURE they were being fair and balanced… Apparently not so much…

Hey Zukkie, George Orwell’s 1984 wasn’t supposed to be a GOAL for you and your ‘team’!

In other news, the blaring headlines from the AP about the Army kicking out immigrants was ‘overstated/underreported??? Among other things, they didn’t bother to look at WHY they were being discharged… At least one, was dealing cocaine in boot. Others apparently had charges pending, etc. the article, HERE details some of the other things the AP got wrong…


Wow… just… wow… — 13 Comments

  1. Hey Zukkie, George Orwell’s 1984 wasn’t supposed to be a GOAL for you and your ‘team’!

    Just when you thought that the progressive movement couldn’t be more outlandish, something like this surfaces.

  2. That sounds like the Army of the 70s and early 80s again. Thanks, Femocrats.

  3. Both items fall well within expected parameters of each organization. Who in their right mind expected different, or better, of them?

  4. Sounds like yet another landmine/policy shift laid by the previous administration to screw Trump/the US in general.

    Will no one finish taking care of that troublesome administration?

  5. LL- Yep… sigh

    PK- That it does, lots of druggies kicked to the curb back then.

    Jim- Point.

    Art- Another good point! Dammit…

    Randy- LOL

    Beans- I think they are working on it.

  6. It is also a really good example of the problems with AI. It probably was a computer which flagged it: ‘merciless Indian savages’ (seems fairly mild compared to today’s vitriol, but whatever). It may never have been checked by a person, the whole point of AI after all. However, the AI isn’t capable of understanding context, or history, or satire for that matter. It can’t differentiate on that.
    In much the same way, it would be very difficult to convince AI to get the difference between Michelangelo’s David and a piece of porn. You could teach it about that specific piece, but for every piece of classical art you would have to do the same thing.
    In the same way, you could teach it to avoid the Declaration, but you would have to do the same thing to every other piece of literature, Mark Twain or Voltaire anyone?
    This is why the idea of AI being involved in anything that involves the human ability to understand context is so scary. Of course…I’m none too sure most humans get context these days either…

  7. Hey Old NFO;

    I read the article, they are getting rid of people dealing drugs, lying on their applications, and a bunch of other stuff that somehow don’t make the outrage meme on facebook.

  8. I heard about FB and the Declaration so I posted it in it’s entirety.
    The post is still there.
    Now that I see it was done in portions, I can see how it happened when that phrase about “savages” (which I didn’t even remember being in there) became a little more prominent.