FIFA to use service aimed at detecting social media hate speech

FIFA and FIFPRO, the international union for pro soccer players, will launch a service to detect hate speech on social media during international tournaments. The service will monitor posts across social media platforms that are sent to a tournament’s participating team accounts, players, coaches, and referees. It will launch in time for November’s start of the World Cup in Qatar.

The monitoring service will be programmed to scan recognized hate speech terms on social media during men’s and women’s international tournaments. Once an abusive post is detected, the comment will no longer be viewable by the tagged recipient and their followers. Offensive posts will remain viewable to the person who sent the post, enabling FIFA and FIFPRO to potentially report the account’s activity to the social media company and law enforcement authorities.

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