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Medium had an internal panic after its algorithm kept recommending erotic stories to the official POTUS account used by Biden, report says

Medium had an internal panic after its algorithm kept recommending erotic stories to the official POTUS account used by Biden, report says
Medium had an internal panic after its algorithm kept recommending erotic stories to the official POTUS account used by Biden, report says
The Verge reported that the @POTUS Medium account was recommended erotic posts, even after a staffer tried to fix the issue.
  • Medium recommended erotica to President Joe Biden's official POTUS account, The Verge reported.
  • Medium staff members apparently found the issue on a White House call and tried to fix it.
  • Biden hasn't posted to the @POTUS account, and it's unclear who, if anyone, saw the recommendations.
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Medium's algorithm recommended erotic short stories to the official POTUS account used by President Joe Biden, The Verge reported.

A partnerships manager at Medium working with the White House first discovered the problem while in a video conference call with a White House staffer, the report said.

It is said to have prompted an internal communication titled "President Joe Biden is Being Served Erotica on Medium.com."

That manager made the discovery while sharing his screen with the White House staffer and logging in to the @POTUS account to talk about Biden starting to post, the outlet said.

The first erotic post is said to have been one called "A is for After," which was described in a subheadline as "a cuckold love story."

It tells the story of a woman who seeks out multiple sex partners in an evening, with her husband's permission.

The post doesn't include pornographic imagery but does include graphic descriptions of sex and profanity.

It is by the author Bella Cooper, who posts several stories a week, all sexual in nature.

It's not clear whether the White House staffer saw that recommendation, per the report.

It said the manager tried to change the recommendations by reading more political content from the account.

But, per the report, that didn't work - and the next recommendation for Biden was another story by Cooper, similarly explicit, called "Getting a Piece (and Some Pizza Too)." It has the subheadline "step sister taboo erotica."

The @POTUS account has 39,000 followers but has not yet posted any content.

Biden used Medium when running for president under the handle @JoeBiden. He posted once on that account since he became president, writing about the coronavirus on March 1.

The Verge report came after Medium CEO Ev Williams announced that the company was abandoning its editorial efforts, offering editorial employees severance packages.

It had tried to curate editorial content by commissioning work from professional writers, one of many new business models it tried in recent years.

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