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Ofcom publishes a discussion paper on hate speech classification and safety measures online

The UK's communications regulator, Ofcom, published a paper that discuss the existing literature on the effectiveness of a variety of safety measures applied by some online platforms at reducing hate speech online.

This analysis summarises the key findings, highlight gaps, and offer suggestions to shape the direction of future research.

It highlights the importance of assessing the accuracy of hate speech classification by conducting our own analysis of the accuracy of commonly used hate speech classifiers and exploring the implications for research on the effectiveness of a safety measure.