Incident 394: Social Media's Automated Word-Flagging without Context Shifted Content Creators' Language Use

Description: TikTok's, YouTube's, Instagram's, and Twitch's use of algorithms to flag certain words devoid of context changed content creators' use of everyday language or discussion about certain topics in fear of their content getting flagged or auto-demonetized by mistake.


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Internet ‘algospeak’ is changing our language in real time, from ‘nip nops’ to ‘le dollar bean’ · 2022

"Algospeak" is becoming increasingly common across the Internet as people seek to bypass content moderation filters on social media platforms such as TikTok, YouTube, Instagram and Twitch.

Algospeak refers to code words or turns of phrase u…

Decoding what algospeak really means for content creators · 2022

If you've noticed the use of newly invented words cropping up on digital platforms or words used out of context or misspelled, it's not a new kind of social media slang—it's algospeak.

Terms like "unalive" take the place of "dead" or "kill.…


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