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Of ‘Algospeak’ and the Crudeness of Automated Moderation

Saying ‘le dollar bean’ instead of ‘lesbian’ so you don’t get demonetized

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In China, people often speak in code online.

Why? To evade the Chinese government’s filters. The authorities don’t want conversations they don’t like — most notably criticisms of major officials. So they run software to…




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Clive Thompson

Clive Thompson

I write three times a week about tech, science, culture — and how those collide. Writer for NYT mag/Wired; author of “Coders” and “Smarter Than You Think”

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