In time for 2020 election: UK researchers’ software to treat ‘hate speech’ like virus

In time for 2020 election: UK researchers’ software to treat ‘hate speech’ like virus
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[Ed. – Perfect: now social media can let their platforms be effectively segregated in full for users like average conservatives, and then blame someone else.  Don’t think your choices about the “Hate-o-Meter” will go unrecorded.  If you choose to let “hate speech” through, you’ll be tagged as a hater.]

Researchers at one of the world’s oldest universities hope to launch a technology that allows users to block online “hate speech” much like a computer virus. Users will be able to decide whether or not they want to view content with the help of a handy “Hate O’Meter.” …

On October 14, 2019, researcher Stephanie Ullmann and professor Marcus Tomalin published a proposal in the Ethics and Information Technology journal promoting an invention that they claim could accomplish this goal without infringing on individual rights of free speech. Their proposal involves software that uses an algorithm to identify “hate speech” in much the same way an antivirus program detects malware. It would then be up to the viewer of such content to either leave it in quarantine or view it.

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