Yahoo’s anti-abuse AI can hunt out even the most devious online trolls

Friday 29 July 2016 Credit iStock Yahoo has created an abuse-detecting algorithm that can accurately identify whether online comments contain hate speech or not. In 90 per cent of test cases Yahoo’s algorithm was able to correctly identify that a comment was abusive – a level of accuracy that the study claims outperforms other “state-of-the-art” deep learning approaches. ADVERTISEMENT The company used a combination of machine learning and crowdsourced abuse detection to create an algorithm that trawled the comment sections of Yahoo News and Finance to sniff out abuse. As part of its project, Yahoo is releasing the first publicly available curated database of online hate speech. Currently, most abusive language detectors work by searching user comments for hateful words or phrases. If a comment contains a particular keyword common…


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