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Google Promotes AI Censor that Calls Religious Beliefs Toxic

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by Susan Duclos, All News Pipeline

Back in February 2017, Wired highlighted a new Google AI tool, named “Perspective,” supposedly created to help fight online “trolling.” When completed the API claims it will give “any developer access to the anti-harassment tools that Jigsaw has worked on for over a year.”

“Enter a sentence into its interface, and Jigsaw says its AI can immediately spit out an assessment of the phrase’s “toxicity” more accurately than any keyword blacklist, and faster than any human moderator.”

To understand how prevalent this technology will be used online by news outlets, by June 2017, it was announced that The New York Times was “going to expand the availability of online comments from 10 percent of articles to 80 percent by the end of the year, without adding more moderators to its staff,” by “rolling out a new structure of comment moderation using software from Google called Perspective,” by using a Moderator tool that would “automatically approve some comments and help moderators wade through others more quickly.”

According to Google’s “Perspective” website, the term “Toxic” is defined as “a rude, disrespectful, or unreasonable comment that is likely to make you leave a discussion.”

What we found when we started running direct quotes from the bible into their “Writing Experiment,” where people can type in something they may say in a comment section regarding an issue, was that ambiguous bible passages received low “toxic” ratings, while passages reflecting religious beliefs on marriage, infidelity, adultery, and other related issues are considered by those that programmed this AI bot, as highly “toxic.”

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