How To Stop Online Harassment: Google Uses Machine Learning Tools To More Accurately Spot …

A subsidiary of Google’s parent company Alphabet, Jigsaw, is using machine learning to fend off online trolling, reports Wired. The New York–based think tank is building open-source AI tools, collectively called Conversation AI, to filter out harassment and abusive language. “Few things poison conversations online more than abusive language, threats, and harassment,” reads the Conversation AI website. “We’re studying how computers can learn to understand the nuances and context of abusive language at scale. If successful, machine learning could help publishers and moderators improve comments on their platforms and enhance the exchange of ideas on the internet.” Conversation AI identifies language that could potentially be abusive and gives it an “attack score” that can range from 0 to 100—the higher the score, the more problematic the language. The software is…


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