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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