Incident 311: YouTube Auto-Moderation Mistakenly Banned Women of Sex Tech Conference

Description: YouTube’s automated content moderation tool erroneously removed The Women of Sex Tech conference’s live-streamed event and banned the conference from the platform, despite not violating the platform’s sexual content policies.


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Alleged: YouTube developed and deployed an AI system, which harmed Women of Sex Tech conference attendants and Women of Sex Tech conference organizers.

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YouTube says ban of women's sex tech live show was algorithm's fault · 2020

YouTube is blaming its auto-moderation tool for removing a live-stream of a women's sex conference.

According to a report from the Daily Dot, the conference, called Women of Sex Tech, had its live feed auto-banned from YouTube just four min…

YouTube Automatically Banned a Sex Tech Conference · 2020

The Women of Sex Tech conference went virtual for the first time in its five-year history last weekend, no thanks to YouTube.

The platform’s automated moderation controls automatically banned the sex tech conference the night before the eve…


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