AI software at Microsoft's MSN misidentifies mixed-race Little Mix singers, report says
"You might want to make sure you're using an image of the correct mixed race member of the group," Little Mix member Jade Thirlwall reportedly says.
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According to a Tuesday report in The Guardian, the AI software at MSN.com chose to republish and feature a story originally published by The Independent, about Little Mix singer Jade Thirlwall and her experience with racism. But instead of illustrating the story with a picture of Thirlwall, the AI software used an image of bandmate Leigh-Anne Pinnock. Both Thirlwall and Pinnock are women of color.
"@MSN if you're going to copy and paste articles from other accurate media outlets, you might want to make sure you're using an image of the correct mixed race member of the group," Thirlwall said in an Instagram Stories post spotted by The Guardian. "This shit happens to @leighannepinnock and I ALL THE TIME that it's become a running joke ... It offends me that you couldn't differentiate the two women of color out of four members of a group ... DO BETTER!"
A Microsoft spokesperson said the incorrect image was fixed as soon as the company became aware of the issue. The spokesperson wouldn't say whether AI software was responsible for the error.