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Facebook’s nudity-spotting AI mistook a photo of some onions for ‘sexually suggestive’ content

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Facebook said the onion-seed ad had been removed for breaking its rules on “products with overtly sexual positioning”.

A Canadian garden centre had its Facebook ad for onion seeds taken down by the platform on Monday.

Facebook said the ad was removed for breaking its rules on “products with overtly sexual positioning”.

Facebook’s head of comms in Canada said the post had been restored on Wednesday, and that it had been initially removed by the platform’s automated moderation systems.

“We use automated technology to keep nudity off our apps. But sometimes it doesn’t know a walla walla onion from a, well, you know.”

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Facebook’s AI struggles to tell the difference between sexual pictures of the human body and globular vegetables.

A garden center in Newfoundland, Canada on Monday received a notice from Facebook about an ad it had uploaded for Walla Walla onion seeds that contained a photo of some onions.

Facebook’s notice said the ad broke its rules on “products with…

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