Microsoft 'Little Mix' AI editor racial bias
Occurred: June 2020
Microsoft's artificial intelligence software illustrated a news story about racism with a photograph of the wrong mixed-race member of the girl band Little Mix.
Microsoft staff then had to delete negative coverage about the Little Mix story after the AI decided stories about the incident would interest MSN readers.
Microsoft later said the problem had not arisen as a result of algorithmic bias but due to an experimental feature in the automated system.
The mix-up comes a week after Microsoft announced it was terminating the jobs of dozens of journalists and editors running its Microsoft News and MSN sites, and replacing them with artificial intelligence.
Published: January 2023