Twitter changing its automated image cropping feature


Twitter first introduced the image cropping feature back in 2018, saying it was meant to highlight “salient” areas of the image by using neural network algorithms to predict where someone is likely to look. As it turns out, this feature can dish out “interesting” results – many users pointed out that the AI cropping tends to pick lighter-skinned people, regardless of the original framing. The scandal gained momentum and users conducted many new “experiments”, testing the algorithms with images of a wide variety, including cartoon characters and animals.

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