YouTube AI Blocked Chess Channel after Confusing 'Black' and 'White' for Racist Slurs

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YouTube AI Blocked Chess Channel after Confusing 'Black' and 'White' for Racist Slurs

Post by IceCube » Sun Feb 21, 2021 5:23 am

Did YouTube block a chess channel over violation of community guideline and usage of racist language? Late last year, a YouTuber who produces popular chess videos found that his channel was blocked over charges of 'harmful and dangerous' content.

Even though the channel was restored within 24 hours, the YouTube did not explain why it had blocked Croatian chess player Antonio Radic, also known as 'Agadmator,' from its platform briefly, the Dailymail reported.

Experts suspect that it was the usage of words like "black" and "white" that confused the Yutube's AI filters. They found that 80% of chess videos that were flagged for hate speech actually ahd terms like 'black,' 'white,' 'attack' and 'threat.'

The researchers now suggest that social-media platforms should incorporate chess language in their algorithms to avoid future incidents like this.

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I'm not in the business of white knighting racism, but when this captured my attention, I felt like resigning my expectations of YouTube's algorithms.

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