AI Ethics Teams Bulk Up in Size, Influence at Tech Firms

A flaw in a photo-cropping algorithm at Twitter prompted the attention of its ethics team

Artificial intelligence ethics teams are playing a greater role at tech companies and helping them deal with bias and fairness issues that have cropped up at companies such as Twitter Inc.

The social-media company’s ethics group recently helped address concerns about an automatic cropping feature, released in 2018, that appeared to display a racial bias, said Rumman Chowdhury, who leads the group, called the Machine Learning Ethics, Transparency and Accountability team or META.