By: Steve Dellar | 08-08-2018 | News
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Facebook Algorithm Accompanies 347 Indonesian Earthquake Deaths With Balloons And Confetti

Whereas yesterday we informed you of Facebook’s latest plan to gain further access to your data in a coordinated effort with US banks, the 347 people that died in the Indonesian earthquake of this weekend also felt the sympathy of Facebook’s algorithm as the AI mistakenly interpreted the Indonesian word for “regret” as “congratulations” and therefore every message of condolences about anyone who died at the Lombok earthquake was conveniently accompanied by balloons and confetti.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#CroozefmNews</a> Facebook says it &quot;regrets&quot; that members posting about a deadly earthquake in Indonesia saw their messages adorned with confetti and balloons. On Sunday, a 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck the island of Lombok killing more than 130 people. <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; 91.2 Crooze Fm (@912CroozeFM) <a href="">August 8, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Facebook now claims it "regrets" that any of its members posting about the deadly earthquake in Indonesia saw their messages adorned with said confetti and balloons.

The social network stated via a spokesperson: "We regret that it appeared in this unfortunate context and have since turned off the feature locally.”

"Our hearts go out to the people affected by the earthquake."

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">“Congrats” in Indonesian is “selamat”. Selamat also means “to survive.”<br><br>After the 6.9 magnitude earthquake in Lombok, Facebook users wrote “I hope people will survive”. Then Facebook highlighted the word “selamat” and throw some balloons and confetti. <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Herman Saksono (@hermansaksono) <a href="">August 6, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Mr Herman Saksono, a computer science PhD student at Northeastern University who is of Indonesian origin was the one who highlighted the error to the Silicon Valley tech behemoth.

Mr Saksono, who studies human-computer interaction, claimed he was surprised that Facebook’s hadn’t taken into account the fact that “selamat” has two meanings: “People use the word interchangeably, it’s the same word but for different meanings.”

Related coverage: <a href="">Facebook approaches US banks for customer data to integrate into system</a>.

“Researchers spend a lot of time before launching a function like this to make sure it truly fits the culture and practices in languages in which it will be used. I would expect Facebook to do the same, given all the resources they have. I guess this missed this one.”

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Facebook were forced to disable the feature locally after posts about the deadly earthquake were adorned with balloons and confetti <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Evening Standard (@standardnews) <a href="">August 8, 2018</a></blockquote>

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The 6.9 magnitude earthquake that struck the island of Lombok over the weekend has so far killed more than 347 people as per today’s updated figures from the Indonesian government.


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Anonymous No. 33406 2018-08-08 : 15:08

Fagbook is gay and so are the idiots that support it!

Anonymous No. 33431 2018-08-08 : 22:23

and rightly so, dead muds is always a good thing

fuck (((faceberg))) though

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