Facebook bot explodes after failing to grasp satire
INTERNATIONAL TOWERS, SYDNEY – There was carnage today at the Facebook Headquarters in Sydney after one of the ‘bots’ programmed to restrict Facebook accounts according to community standards suddenly exploded, destroying two other bots alongside it as well as an unlucky coffee cart.
A Facebook spokesperson informed the media that the incident was not cause for alarm, but that malfunction responsible for the explosion could be put down to inadequate coding sequences for handling ‘satirical’ material posted online.
“In examining the bot’s black box, we can see that it had detected over 3257 community standards breaches from a single account, that of the Damascus Dropbear. After it had registered the breach, the bot placed an automatic ‘shadow ban’ on the account, thereby banning material that was actually upholding the standards through irony.” the spokesperson explained.
“It was at that point the bot’s protocols failed in a combustion of logic. Clearly we have a long way to go in teaching AI about the brilliant and complex nuance of humour that the human mind is capable of.”
It is further reported that the Damascus Dropbear now remains in a state of Facebook limbo, having been given no communication around the reason, offending post, or length of the shadow ban. The Managing Director of the Dropbear, Elisha Bethel, indicated that he was confident that the almighty Facebook would soon restore justice.
“It doesn’t look good for a company to ban conservative Christian satire simply because they don’t get the joke. Fortunately the bots at Instagram, Twitter and Parler have adequate programming to avoid restricting DD’s brilliant satirical material. We will certainly pray for Facebook as they resolve the affair.”
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