Onions were too sexy for Facebook AI

    Yes, you heard me right. Onions were too sexy for Facebook AI. Recently Facebook rejected the online advertisement of a seed company called The Seed Company by EW Gaze on Facebook.

    The company is located on 138 Harbour Drive St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, NL, Canada A1C 5N8.

    The seed company tried to advertise the Walla Walla onion seed on Facebook. But it was rejected by Facebook for “Overtly Sexual“.

    Tha Facebook flagged the Walla Walla onions seed. It is known for its size and sweet flavour.

    The store manager took a hint and realize with the post. He realized Onion’s round shapes could be suggestive of buttocks or breasts.

    Walla Walla Onion
    Walla Walla Onion photo added on their website.
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    Facebook error for Walla Walla onion seed campaign

    You can find the post in this link

    He posted the photo on the Facebook timeline so that his customers would find the rejection of the ad funny.

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    Facebook Business Manager

    Facebook messages warnings “listings may not position products or services in a sexually suggestive manner”.

    Later on, the social media company appealed the decision to Facebook. And Facebook restored the ads.

    Facebook Canada’s head of communication replied for why onions were too sexy for Facebook AI and said:

    We use automated technology to keep nudity of our apps, but sometimes it doesn’t know a Walla Walla onion from others.

    Due to this funny issue, the seed company sold more quantity in the last three days than in the previous five years.

    Big giants like Facebook spent a lot of money on these types of AI tools. Artificial-intelligence will play an essential role in the coming future.

    But getting these types of error is like water in the sand. Despite those investments, Facebook AI took onion images for sexual content.

    There could be an error in machine learning models, so developers should test the recognition model very thoroughly before letting it run automatically. Still, there is one question left why onions were too sexy for Facebook AI?

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