Incident 377: Weibo Model Had Difficulty Detecting Shifts in Censored Speech

Description: Weibo's user moderation model is having difficulty keeping up with shifting user slang in defiance of Chinese state censors.


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Alleged: Weibo developed and deployed an AI system, which harmed Weibo and Chinese government.

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