When computers learn to swear: Using machine learning for better online conversations

Neat, Google trained a computer to understand whether a comment is toxic or not

  • Unfortunately, this happens all too frequently online as people try to discuss ideas on their favorite news sites but instead get bombarded with toxic comments.
  • According to the same report, online harassment has affected the lives of roughly 140 million people in the U.S., and many more elsewhere.
  • News organizations want to encourage engagement and discussion around their content, but find that sorting through millions of comments to find those that are trolling or abusive takes a lot of money, labor, and time.
  • As a result, many sites have shut down comments altogether.
  • Through an API, publishers—including members of the Digital News Initiative—and platforms can access this technology and use it for their sites.

Google and Jigsaw announce the launch of Perspective, an early-stage technology that uses machine learning to identify toxic comments.
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