Facebook Has Issued Apology for Inadvertent Algorithmic Cruelty [WATCH VIDEO]
Social network Facebook has started a new automated year-end feature named "Year in Review." It was rolled out by Facebook in a clear effort to show that the year 2014 was a great one. It chronicles a user's images and posts from 2014. Moreover, the "Year in Review" feature comes with the caption: "It's been a great year! Thanks for being a part of it." However, the automated feature also reminds the users of bad and painful incidents that occurred during the year. Read on for further details.
The feature has apparently stirred up dreadful and excruciating memories for users who lost their dear ones in 2014. Drawing interest to the fact that the "Year in Review" feature has brought back some throbbing and poignant memories for some users, Eric Meyer, web design consultant and writer, described Facebook's year-end feature as an "inadvertent algorithmic cruelty."
Meyer’s daughter died of brain tumor on her sixth birthday in early 2014. Meyer said on a Dec. 24, 2014 blog post that the preview for his "Year in Review" post featured his late daughter's picture, along with clip art of figures enjoying festivities, and had caused him to relive the pain and grief of losing his daughter. Meyer has expressed his anguish in a blog post.
Now social network Facebook has issued an apology for its "Year in Review." In the wake of backlash caused by the new app Jonathan Gheller, product manager for the "Year in Review" app, apologized on behalf of the company for hurting him. Gheller’s apology was published on Washington Post.
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