Jigsaw’s new Chrome extension will ‘Tune’ out toxic YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Disqus comments

Still an experiment, Tune lets you determine how much toxicity appears in comments on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, and Disqus. A “volume” …

Jigsaw is an Alphabet incubator tasked with using technology to tackle global security challenges. Notable projects include protections against DDoS attacks and DNS manipulation. Its latest is a Chrome extension called Tune to filter out toxic online comments with machine learning.

In 2017, Jigsaw and Google announced the Perspective API that news organization and online communities could implement to filter out harassment. Instead of manual curation, machine learning is used to review comments and score toxicity. Partners like The New York Times, The Economist, and The Guardian have all experimented with the API.

Jigsaw is now bringing Perspective directly to users with a Chrome extension for Mac, Windows, Linux, and Chrome OS. Still an experiment, Tune lets you determine how much toxicity appears in comments on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, and Disqus.

A “volume” dial has a range of options from turning off all toxic comments to seeing everything: hide it all, keep it quiet, low, medium, loud, blaring, and show it all. Hidden comments feature a dot beside them that are color-coded to note the severity.

Tune also features the ability to filter toxicity, or a mix that allows users to show/hide comments that are an attack on identity, insult, profanity, threat, or sexually explicit.

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Jigsaw notes that no personal data is stored, with comment text sent for scoring and then automatically deleted after ranking. Users do have to sign into their Google Account for initial access to the Perspective API.

As an experiment, Tune “still misses some toxic comments and incorrectly hides some non-toxic comments.”

We’re constantly working to improve the underlying technology, and users can easily give feedback right in the tool to help us improve our algorithms. Tune isn’t meant to be a solution for direct targets of harassment (for whom seeing direct threats can be vital for their safety), nor is Tune a solution for all toxicity. Rather, it’s an experiment to show people how machine learning technology can create new ways to empower people as they read discussions online.


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There are some reports that spread on Reddit regarding the NEO network having some issues with its block production. As per the Reddit user Zzzoem, the NEO blockchain was down for over an hour. As he mentioned, there are some decentralized applications such as Switcheo that cannot work when there are no new transactions. What happened with NEO’s network?

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According to the redditor, NEO’s block #3467252 took over 152 minutes to be produced. There have been several individuals calling the whole project a scam and speculated about the reasons behind this situation.

NEO is one of the most popular blockchain networks in the market and also a leading smart contract platform. The team behind NEO implemented the Byzantine Fault-tolerant (dBFT) consensus mechanism and adopted a dual-token economy, compared to other projects.

Another Redditor decided to answer and explain why the block production was delayed. The Redditor explained that the NEO consensus mechanism works in a different way than other networks. As he mentioned, NEO follows an exponential block protocol.

About it, the Redditor called drei1 explained:

“NEO follows an exponential back off protocol. This means that if it cannot achieve consensus in 15 seconds, it will try to achieve it in 30 seconds. If it cannot achieve it in 1 minute, it will try to achieve it in 2 minutes, and so on. Each time it doubles the time is called a “View Change.”

As he said, the blockchain is not down, however, it is following a completely reasonable exponential backoff. Drei1 went on explaining that there are some changes being developed that aim at reducing the amount of Change View.

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Alphabet’s AI-powered Chrome extension hides toxic comments

… known as “zen mode”) or show selective types of posts containing attacks, insults, or profanity. Tune also works with Reddit, YouTube and Disqus.

Jigsaw admits that Tune is still an experiment, meaning it may not spot all forms of toxicity or could hide non-offensive comments. “We’re constantly working to improve the underlying technology, and users can easily give feedback right in the tool to help us improve our algorithms,” C.J. Adams, Jigsaw product manager, wrote in a blog post.

Though it doesn’t work across the entirety of the web, the sites it does support are all grappling with various forms of toxicity. Twitter has its alt-right meddlers and Nazis; Facebook has struggled with anti-vaxxers of late (not to mention foreign interference during elections); YouTube has been forced to lock down comments on videos of young kids due to pedophilic comments; and Reddit has banned subreddits prone to spreading conspiracy theories.

Notably, a recent Recodearticle about Twitter’s focus on improving the health of its service noted it was already tapping Google’s Perspective AI to help track toxicity. Google has also implemented Perspective on YouTube, according to CNET, giving channel owners the option to block comments identified as abusive by the algorithm.

At the same time, frequent abusers have created their own systems to help bypass moderators altogether. Notorious social media site Gab — known as “Twitter for the alt-right” — recently released its own extension that puts an alternative comments section on any website.

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