Google Cousin Develops Technology to Flag Toxic Online Comments – The New York Times

Researchers at the incubator Jigsaw think machine learning can help publishers filter out readers’ offensive posts to keep the discourse civil.

Jigsaw, a technology incubator within Alphabet, says it has developed a new tool for web publishers to identify toxic comments that can undermine a civil exchange of ideas. Starting Thursday, publishers can start applying for access to use Jigsaw’s software, called Perspective, without charge.

“We have more information and more articles than any other time in history, and yet the toxicity of the conversations that follow those articles are driving people away from the conversation,” said Jared Cohen, president of Jigsaw, formerly known as Google Ideas.

Source: Google Cousin Develops Technology to Flag Toxic Online Comments – The New York Times