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KISS MY ASTERISK: Google to officially begin flagging "offensive content"

Matt_ADMIN_Matt_ADMIN_ Administrator
edited March 16 in Daily News
Google is trying to improve the quality of its search results by directing review teams to flag content that might come across as upsetting or offensive.

With the change, content with racial slurs could now get flagged under a new category called "upsetting-offensive." So could content that promotes hate or violence against a specific group of people based on gender, race or other criteria.

While flagging something doesn't directly affect the search results themselves, it's used to tweak the company's software so that better content ranks higher. This approach might, for instance, push down content that is inaccurate or has other questionable attributes, thereby giving prominence to trustworthy sources.

The review teams — comprised of contractors known as "quality raters" — already comb through websites and other content to flag questionable items such as pornography. Google added "upsetting-offensive" in its latest guidelines for quality raters. Google declined to comment on the changes, which were reported in the blog Search Engine Land and elsewhere.

http://www.fox5ny.com/news/242045578-story

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Comments

  • Matt_ADMIN_Matt_ADMIN_ Administrator
    And who gets to decide what's offensive? Is it you? Is it me?


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    "...Say, 'GOD is sufficient for me.' In Him the trusters shall trust." (Quran 39:38)
  • Everything is offensive to someone.  If people can flag content Google will be empty.
    People in this world look at things mistakenly, and think that what they do not understand must be the void. This is not the true void. It is bewilderment.
    - Miyamoto Musashi, The Book of Five Rings
  • mrpops09_CMOD_mrpops09_CMOD_ Chief Moderator
    Wasn't it just a couple years ago that google spoke out against doing just such things?
    Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
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