Youtube AI bans chess channels and that is the reason why
Youtube took a chess channel offline because the AI algorithm mistook the words “black” and “white” for hate speech. That’s what researchers say, who speak of the tip of the iceberg.
Last year, the popular chess blogger Antonio Radic, or ’Agadmator’, was removed from Youtube. Soon he returned. The tech giant never explained the cause of the ban.
With over a million followers, Radic is a big player in the world. His account went black after a chess session with Hikaru Nakamura, multiple champion and the youngest American to win the Grandmaster title, writes The Daily Mail.
Experts suspect that it concerns the words ’black’ and ‘white’ with which the playstones are indicated. The problem goes beyond one chess video. Eighty percent of the chess messages that were considered hateful included words like ’white’, ’black’ and ’attack’.
“We don’t know exactly what Technology Youtube uses, but if they rely on artificial intelligence (AI), these kinds of incidents can happen,” says Ashiqur R KhudaBukhsh, computer scientist at Carnegie Melon’s Language Technologies Institute.
KhudaBukhsh and his team have ploughed 680,000 responses. The reactions among chess videos were rarely, though labelled as hateful, actually racist, according to the scientists. They ask tech giants to include chess language in their algorithms.