Incident 144: YouTube's AI Mistakenly Banned Chess Channel over Chess Language Misinterpretation

Description: YouTube's AI-powered hate speech detection system falsely flagged chess content and banned chess creators allegedly due to its misinterpretation of strategy language such as "black," "white," and "attack" as harmful and dangerous.


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Alleged: YouTube developed and deployed an AI system, which harmed Antonio Radic , YouTube chess content creators and YouTube users.

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Sean McGregor, Khoa Lam

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Hate Speech Detection

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Classification, Distributional Learning

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Distributional Bias

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