The social media giant, Twitter said on Friday that it would offer a cash "bounty" to users and researchers to help weed out algorithmic bias in its artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms on the social media platform.
The microblogging giant based in San Francisco said that this would be the digital industry's first algorithmic bias bounty competition with prizes up to USD 3,500.
As per Twitter executives Rumman Chowdhury and Jutta Williams blog, this competition is based on the "bug bounty" programs that some websites and platforms offer to find security holes and weaknesses.
The executives wrote in their blog post that to find algorithmic bias in machine learning models is difficult and sometimes firms find out about unintended ethical harms once they've already reached the public. Rumman and Chowdhury wrote," We want to change that." They also wrote that the cyberpunk or hacker bounty model offers promise in finding algorithmic bias.
Their blog further reads,"We're inspired by how the research and hacker communities helped the security field establish best practices for identifying and mitigating vulnerabilities in order to protect the public."
Lastly, they added that they want to cultivate a similar community for proactive and collective identification of algorithmic harms.