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Twitter to Offer ‘Bounty’ to Users, Researchers for Finding Algorithmic Bias

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Twitter said Friday it would offer a cash “bounty” to users and researchers to help root out algorithmic bias on the social media platform.

The San Francisco tech firm said this would be “the industry’s first algorithmic bias bounty competition,” with prizes up to $3,500.

The competition is based on the “bug bounty” programs some websites and platforms offer to find security holes and vulnerabilities, according to Twitter executives Rumman Chowdhury and Jutta Williams.

“Finding bias in machine learning models is difficult, and sometimes, companies find out about unintended ethical harms once they’ve already reached the public,” Chowdhury and Williams wrote in a blog post.

“We want to change that.”

They said the hacker bounty model offers promise in finding algorithmic bias.

“We’re inspired by how the research and hacker communities helped the security field establish best practices for identifying and mitigating vulnerabilities in order to protect the public,” they wrote.

“We want to cultivate a similar community… for proactive and collective identification of algorithmic harms.”

The move comes amid growing concerns about automated algorithmic systems, which, despite an effort to be neutral, can incorporate racial or other forms of bias.

Twitter, which earlier this year launched an algorithmic fairness initiative, said in May it was scrapping an automated image-cropping system after its review found bias in the algorithm controlling the function.

The messaging platform said it found the algorithm delivered “unequal treatment based on demographic differences,” with white people and males favored over Black people and females, and “objectification” bias that focused on a woman’s chest or legs, described as “male gaze.”




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Usain Bolt Offers Sha’Carri Richardson Some Tough Advice Following Multiple Meet Losses

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Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt is offering some words of wisdom to rising track star Sha’Carri Richardson following the young athlete’s fall from grace.

During a recent interview with the New York Post, the eight-time Olympic gold medalist was asked about the 21-year-old whose stellar performance in the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials at the new Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, last June was quickly overshadowed by a series of incidents, including a failed drug test, which subsequently got her disqualified from the Tokyo games entirely.  

Bolt told the media outlet that the best thing the Texas native can do now is stop talking and focus on what really matters. “I would tell Sha’Carri to train harder and to be focused and not say too much…,” he explained. A much speculated lack of media experience ultimately led to a dim in her once fiery fan support. Many have expressed belief that the young star’s trash talk proved damaging to her brand. 

“If you talk that big talk you have to back it up,” Bolt continued. The Jamaican-born sprinting phenom added, “So just train hard and focus on that and try to come back, do it and then talk about it.”

On Aug. 21, Richardson finished in last place in the women’s 100 meters as Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah dominated the race. Shortly afterward, an online feud seemingly unraveled between Richardson and Team Jamaican.

Bolt told the outlet he and his fellow Jamaican athletes were not impressed by Richardson’s attitude, considering a rivalry between American and Jamaican sprinters that picked up some steam dating back to at least 2012. 

“Jamaicans were vexed because she was talking a lot of s–t before the actual race, it is just one of those things,” he explained. “Jamaicans don’t like when people talk s–t about us because we are a very proud people. So if you talk about us we are gonna want you to back it up. It definitely gave those women the extra push [to win.]” 

Richardson has had a few incidents with members of the Caribbean nation. She was offered an all-expenses-paid trip to Jamaica by a Jamaican hotel owner, following her loss to Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who finished second in the Prefontaine race. Many people online found the gesture to be disingenuous.

‘You Have to Back it Up’: Usain Bolt Offers Sha’Carri Richardson Some Tough Advice Following Multiple Meet Losses

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TSRBrainGamez: Can y’all guess whose fresh mani-pedi this is, Roomies? (SWIPE)

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TSRBrainGamez: Can y’all guess whose fresh mani-pedi this is, Roomies? 👀 (SWIPE)

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TSRBrainGamez: Can y’all guess whose fresh mani-pedi this is, Roomies? 👀 (SWIPE)

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SWIPE and PressPlay to see the two moments everyone is talking about that happened at the end of the DondaEvent – KimKardashian came out in a wedd

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SWIPE and PressPlay to see the two moments everyone is talking about that happened at the end of the DondaEvent – KimKardashian came out in a wedding dress and performed what seemed like a mock wedding or reconciliation with KanyeWest . Also, KanyeWest left the stage on fire. @applemusic

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