“A Google offshoot called Jigsaw declared war on trolls, launching a project to defeat online harassment using machine learning.”


On the one hand, troll activity in comments fields of websites is a real problem.  On the other hand, depending on how a tool like this is used, we could experience a proliferation of automated political correctness enforcers run amok.


Despite that impulse to create an increasingly necessary “safe space” for online discussions, critics of Conversation AI have argued that it could itself represent a form of censorship, enabling an automated system to delete comments that are either false positives (the insult “nasty woman,” for instance, took on a positive connotation for some, after then-candidate Donald Trump used the phrase to describe Hillary Clinton) or in a gray area between freewheeling conversation and abuse.

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