Twitter Bot Will Warn You If You Are A Troll

Twitter Bot Will Warn You If You Are A Troll
Technology

An online tool developed out of Intel's Hack Harassment movement helps filter out or notify cyber bullies

Leo Lutero
  • 25 august 2016

Alexei Bastidas, an intern at Intel, worked on a Twitter bot that identifies bullies according to the content they post online. Recode reports the web tool uses an algorithm to give content (such as tweets) a rating based on how intimidating they are. Unlike other efforts to automatically defer harassment, this one is smarter. It doesn’t just speak English, it speaks Web. Bastidas educated the algorithm using comments from websites like the NY Times and the Wall Street Journal. For the worst examples, he scanned the darker corners of Reddit. While his work is not quite ready for public use just yet, it’s the first to sprout out of Hack Harassment, an Intel-backed movement to create tools and platforms against online abuse.

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