September 17, 2022
Google Perspective

Meet Google Perspective, Hurtful Comments Filtering Tool

The new Google Perspective API tool, is able to integrate into any digital publishing platform and assist with filtering out abusive online user comments…

Google recently released a new machine learning comments filter API (application program interface). The technology filters out abusive online comments. Called Perspective, the filter can integrate into any publishing platform using comment sections.

New API Google Perspective, Comments Filtering Tool Introduced

Perspective works by cross-referencing already categorized as abusive or hurtful in a human-generated database. When readers begin to post new comments, Perspective applies a rating. The rating displays how similarly it matches against the database. A comment deemed abusive notifies the commenter in real-time. Here’s an example of Perspective at work (click or tap to enlarge):

Google Perspective example

Comments sections are notorious for abusive and low-quality content. Because of this dynamic, many websites have removed their comments section, instead of attempting to moderate them.

“Discussing things you care about can be difficult. The threat of abuse and harassment online means that many people stop expressing themselves and give up on seeking different opinions,” Google explains.

Google states Perspective is currently testing on the New York Times site. As more digital entities integrate Perspective, the more sophisticated the application will become. At present, Perspective only works with English; however, that’s expected to change over the course of the year.

Google and Bing are also fighting against piracy websites, which offer unauthorized intellectual property downloads. The two search engines just entered an agreement with the United Kingdom government to demote pirate listing search results.

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