Why some onions were too sexy for Facebook
A Canadian seed store inadvertently crossed the line with a seemingly innocent advert for onions.
#Facebook’s algorithm rejected a photo of some onions 🧅 for being too sexy "We've sold more in the last three days than in the last five years," said the store owner, who notes the FB rejection on his website, they are also now listed under "sexy onions"
Pungent indictment of this technology. 😵
(1/n) 🧵On why some onions are too sexy for facebook?
In a story that seems more befitting to
, we see a prime example of OOD susceptibility of CNNs. To verify, I fed the image to
's NSFW classifier & saw this:
Matt Navarra 😷
Facebook thought these onions were too sexy
Walter Olson 😷
"'We've sold more in the last three days than in the last five years,' said Mr. McLean, adding they are also now listed under 'sexy onions' on the company website."
Nicholas A. Christakis
Why some onions were too sexy for Facebook. Or: why our robot overlords are still some ways from rule.
Did this end up selling more onions? Personally, I like onions , but I’ve never thought of them as especially sexy. Why some onions were too sexy for Facebook