YouTube's algorithmic captions go haywire
Numerous videos geared towards children on the platform have accidentally and incorrectly had adult language added to their algorithmic captions
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“A new study of YouTube’s algorithmic captions on videos aimed at kids documents how the text sometimes veers into very adult language. In a sample of more than 7,000 videos from 24 top-ranked kids’ channels, 40 percent displayed words in their captions found on a list of 1,300 “taboo” terms, drawn in part from a study on cursing. In about 1 percent of videos, the captions included words from a list of 16 “highly inappropriate” terms, with YouTube’s algorithms most likely to add the words “bitch,” “bastard,” or “penis.”” - Tom Simonite, Senior Writer Learn More from WIRED >
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