Twitter will reward those who find biases in its algorithms

Twitter is launching a contest to detect biases in algorithms, and those who manage to discover them could win up to US $ 3,500.

Finding bugs or security flaws is something that is built into many technology company security programs. Now, Twitter is launching a contest where researchers will need to find algorithmic biases.

In a blog post, Twitter announced that it is tough to find biases in machine learning models. Unintentional ethical errors are often detected when the product is released to the public.

The company reports that it wants to eliminate as many biases as possible with a contest. “We want to take this work one step further by inviting and encouraging the community to help identify the potential harms of this algorithm beyond what we identify ourselves,” wrote Twitter.

Twitter contest

Rumman Chowdhury, head of Twitter’s machine learning ethics, transparency and accountability team, wrote a post that the company is running this contest “because we believe that people should be rewarded for identifying these issues and we cannot solve these challenges alone.”

Twitter says this is “the industry’s first algorithmic bias rewards competition” and offers multiple payouts. 

The winners will be announced in a workshop organized by Twitter on August 8, and registration is until August 6. Winning teams will receive cash prizes through HackerOne:

  • 1st place US $ 3,500
  • 2nd place US $ 1,000
  • 3rd place US $ 500
  • the most innovative US $ 1,000
  • for the broader application US $ 1,000

Participants must register with HackerOne to submit a valid project submission. If you are ready, you can offer your project on this web page.