YouTube will ask you to rethink posting that comment if AI thinks it’s offensive

a close up of a metal fence: YouTube has more than 2 billion monthly visitors. Angela Lang/CNET

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YouTube will start asking commenters to reconsider posting something before it goes up if Google’s artificial intelligence identifies that comment as potentially offensive, YouTube said Thursday. The new YouTube prompt suggests that commenters review the company’s community guidelines if they’re “not sure whether the post is respectful,” and then gives the option to either edit the content or post anyway. 

graphical user interface, text, application: The new comment prompts will suggest a commenter reconsider their post if it's potentially offensive. YouTube

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The new comment prompts will suggest a commenter reconsider their post if it’s potentially offensive. YouTube

“To encourage respectful conversations on YouTube, we’re launching a new feature that will warn users when their comment may be offensive to others, giving them the option to reflect before posting,” YouTube said in a blog post announcing the feature and other measures meant to improve inclusivity on the platform. 


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