Scoop: Google is investigating the actions of another top AI ethicist
According to Axios, Google is investigating recent actions taken by Margaret Mitchell, who leads the company's ethical AI team.
Why It Matters: The probe follows the forced exit of Timnit Gebru, a prominent researcher on Google's AI ethics team, whose fall sparked a firestorm among Google employees.
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What They Say: In a statement, Google confirmed that Mitchell's email account had been banned and that the company was investigating why Mitchell downloaded large numbers of files and gave them to people outside of the company.
"Our security systems automatically lock an employee's corporate account if they discover that the account has been compromised due to a credential problem, or if an automated rule for handling sensitive data has been triggered. In this case, our systems detected yesterday that an account exfiltrated thousands of files and shared them with multiple external accounts. We explained this to the employee earlier today. "
Google, in a statement to Axios.
Mitchell did not immediately respond to an email asking for comment.
What happens: On Tuesday before, Mitchell had published a tweet in which he criticized the planned meeting of Google CEO Sundar Pichai with historically black college and university leaders.
"Suppose you have a problem with the consistent alienation of black women and have done serious harm in their life. You could: A) try to undo that damage B) try to find more black people to like you (the tokenism Approach). Good luck. .... "
Margaret Mitchell, on Twitter.
Gebru tweeted earlier Tuesday that Mitchell's corporate email didn't seem to be working.
What's next? "We are actively investigating this matter through standard procedures to gather additional details," said a Google representative.
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