Hate speech and gang attack algorithms ‘adding to school violence scourge’

OHPI’s CEO, Andre Oboler, was interviewed by The Cairns Post as part of an article on social media algorithms promoting hate speech and gang violence.

https://www.cairnspost.com.au/news/cairns/hate-speech-and-gang-attack-algorithms-adding-to-school-violence-scourge/news-story/977516b407895da28cede32d4d5cfee5 (paywalled article)

“Most of the racism and group-based speech comes from older white people. Young people’s conflicts online tend to be more personal and more about bullying,” he said.

“It’s not the students who are posting it, even though they are the ones seeing it,” he said.

He highlighted low levels of removal of online hate that the Online Hate Prevention Institute has found in repeated monitoring projects across a wide variety of different forms of hate.

He also noted that when it comes to racism against Australia’s First Nations people, social media companies often lack the local knowledge needed to understand what is being said or implied, so reports of content can be rejected due to ignorance.