A new facial recognition service launched by the Home Office has failed to work with people that have darker skin.
The facial recognition service was working just as it should be – recognising people by their faces, everything was going swimmingly. Then a person with a darker skin tone approached and the facial recognition didn’t recognise them at all, it just completely ignored them.
At first it was presumed it was just a mistake, everyone makes mistakes especially if you’re new in the job. It tried again and it continued not to recognise them, and at this point it was realised that the facial recognition was a racist.
The racist behaviour has surprised some of the co-workers. Ian told us, “He seemed such a nice guy, pleasant to be around. He was quiet, didn’t talk too much but I would never have expected him to be such a racist bastard.”
Apparently after the first person, multiple others were ignored also. And the Home Office had no choice but to release the facial recognition from his contract on the grounds of racial discrimination.
The service also struggles to recognise very light skinned people also.
The service is considering claiming wrongful dismissal because it says it doesn’t work with very light skinned people as well therefore he says he’s not racist.
But he has been told you can’t just pick and choose who you work with.
Apparently they were aware of the problem from trials but decided to launch the programme anyway. They said people can override the check if necessary.
There has been a backlash because if they knew about his attitude they never should have hired him.
It has also been seen as a disgrace that people were expected to override the check and pretend like the racist machine wasn’t even there.
The Home Office is now expected to launch a new service that can work with all races, genders and religions. It will be expected not just to recognise them but to respect their culture, lifestyle choices and their personal views.