Hate speech AI is biased

African American tweets are up to two times more likely to be labelled as offensive by artificial intelligence systems compared to others, according to a new study. The project also included Google’s Perspective AI tool for moderating online discussions and discovered similar racial biases.

“We find strong evidence that extra attention should be paid to the confounding effects of dialect so as to avoid unintended racial biases in hate speech detection,” say researchers from the University of Washington, Carnegie Mellon University, and the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence.

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