New York (The Verge) — Twitter plans to change how image cropping works following concerns over racial bias theverge.com/2020/10/2/2149….
Twitter announced it would change how its image cropping works after concerns that its machine learning-based algorithm was racially biased in how it cropped images. The company promises in the future, users will have more control over how their images are displayed.
Twitter's image cropping technology favors white faces over Black ones.
To fix that, Twitter is “currently conducting additional analysis to add further rigor to our testing, are committed to sharing our findings, and are exploring ways to open-source our analysis so that others can help keep us accountable,” the duo writes.
The company is also working on more concrete changes to Twitter to ensure it shows images the way users intend. Specifically, Twitter is promising to focus less on using machine learning-based techniques for image cropping, and instead will develop tools that show users what the images in their posts will look like when they compose a tweet. The company also says it’s already started experimenting with new options for image cropping and previews to give users more control. — Chaim Gartenberg/@verge