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Racist Algorithm: Chimp Appears When Searching Google for ‘Black Person Scrolling Instagram’

Google has yet to comment on the racist search results.

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A tipster informed Big League Politics that the viral video of a chimp appearing to scroll through an Instagram feed is the top result when users search “black person scrolling Instagram” on the popular search engine, and two Big League Politics journalists independently confirmed the findings.

While the left loves to find racism under every rock, it appears Big League Politics may have found an actual example of racism. A reader informed us that when searching for “black person scrolling Instagram,” the viral video of a chimp appearing to scroll through an Instagram feed using a smartphone was the top result.

Two Big League Politics colleagues, this journalist based in the Midwest, and another based on the East Coast, independently confirmed these findings.

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Big League Politics recorded the search using screen recording software so it could be preserved for posterity.

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The recorded search results can be seen here:

[bc_video video_id=”6030399234001″ account_id=”5766826440001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” mute=”” width=”100%” height=”100%” ]

It was replicated on other computers as well:

Racist Algorithm Black Person Scrolling Instagram

It was also replicated using a smartphone:

Racist Algorithm Black Person Scrolling Instagram

 

It is unknown how Google’s algorithm made this racist mistake, but in 2018 Google admitted that it “fixed” part of its algorithm that mistakenly identified black people as “gorillas.”

The Verge reported:

Back in 2015, software engineer Jacky Alciné pointed out that the image recognition algorithms in Google Photos were classifying his black friends as “gorillas.” Google said it was “appalled” at the mistake, apologized to Alciné, and promised to fix the problem. But, as a new report from Wired shows, nearly three years on and Google hasn’t really fixed anything. The company has simply blocked its image recognition algorithms from identifying gorillas altogether — preferring, presumably, to limit the service rather than risk another miscategorization.

Apparently Google’s attempt to solve this issue was unsuccessful, or at least partly.

The platform also blamed an algorithmic game of chance for the reason President Donald J. Trump is often shown in embarrassing or unflattering photos when users utilize the search engine’s “Image Search” to find photos of the president when speaking to Congress late last year.

Regardless of the cause of the overtly racist search engine results, Big League Politics hopes Google will work quickly to fix this issue.

Big League Politics sent an inquiry to Google about these results. A representative replied that

“This is a very rare query and combination of words (“Instagram”, “person”, “scrolling”), and there is a lack of relevant content on the web that matches this query. Similar results appear in video search for the query ‘white person scrolling Instagram’. We apologize for any concern this may have caused, and we will continue to improve our systems to return the most relevant results possible.”

This response would seem to generate more questions than answers: Why would Google include search results including animals, specifically a chimp, when users are clearly search for “people”? It seems as though one of these words must have triggered the search engine to display the results, and the key words used to obtain the results would seem to indicate the pertinent words were “black”, “Instagram”, and “scrolling”.

We have reached out to Google for additional clarification.

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Department of Justice Sues Facebook for Discrimination Against Americans in Favor of H1B Visa Workers

Facebook discriminated against Americans.

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The Department of Justice filed a new lawsuit against Big Tech monopoly Facebook for engaging in pervasive and systemic discrimination against American workers, refusing to consider them for company positions and instead shepherding cheaper and more compliant foreign visa workers into more than 2,500 of the company’s high-paying jobs.

The Department of Justice alleges that Facebook created a category of employment offerings in which none or one American worker applied more than 99% of the time, and were almost never hired. Facebook didn’t advertise job opening it restricted to the “PERM” process on its careers website, instead exclusively recruiting visa workers.

According to the lawsuit, and based on the department’s nearly two-year investigation, Facebook intentionally created a hiring system in which it denied qualified U.S. workers a fair opportunity to learn about and apply for jobs that Facebook instead sought to channel to temporary visa holders Facebook wanted to sponsor for green cards.

The H-1B visa program is favorite of Big Tech, creating a class of employees who function as de facto indentured servants. H-1B workers are reliant on their employers for eventual American green cards, and leaving their jobs jeopardizes their immigration status. Some technology companies have been subject to large settlements for exploiting their bonded H-1B worker force.

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The Department of Justice’s lawsuit alleges that Facebook engaged in intentional and widespread violations of the law, by setting aside positions for temporary visa holders instead of considering interested and qualified U.S. workers,” said Assistant Attorney General Eric S. Dreiband of the Civil Rights Division.

This lawsuit follows a nearly two-year investigation into Facebook’s practices and a ‘reasonable cause’ determination by the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. Our message to workers is clear: if companies deny employment opportunities by illegally preferring temporary visa holders, the Department of Justice will hold them accountable. Our message to all employers — including those in the technology sector — is clear: you cannot illegally prefer to recruit, consider, or hire temporary visa holders over U.S. workers.

The Department of Justice will seek civil penalties from Facebook on behalf of American workers discriminated against in the employment process, describing Facebook’s “discrimination against U.S. workers [as] intentional, widespread, and in violation” of immigration law.

Facebook has lobbied heavily in favor of raising annual visa workers levels, most recently boosting Senator Mike Lee’s proposal to remove per-country caps on H-1B visas. This will result in nearly all H-1B visas being given to nationals of a few large countries, such as India. Senator Lee succeeded in passing the migrant labor giveaway to Big Tech through the Senate on Wednesday.

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