YouTube AI Blocked Chess Channel after Confusing ‘Black’ and ‘White’ for Racist Slurs

Did YouTube block a chess channel over violation of community guideline and usage of racist language? Late last year, a YouTuber who produces popular chess videos found that his channel was blocked over charges of ‘harmful and dangerous’ content.

Even though the channel was restored within 24 hours, the YouTube did not explain why it had blocked Croatian chess player Antonio Radic, also known as ‘Agadmator,’ from its platform briefly, the Dailymail reported.

Experts suspect that it was the usage of words like “black” and “white” that confused the Yutube’s AI filters. They found that 80% of chess videos that were flagged for hate speech actually ahd terms like ‘black,’ ‘white,’ ‘attack’ and ‘threat.’

The researchers now suggest that social-media platforms should incorporate chess language in their algorithms to avoid future incidents like this.

Agadmator has over a million subscribers on his channel and is considered the most popular chess vertical on YouTube. However, his channel was blocked in June last year after he posted a segment with Grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura, a five-time champion and the youngest American to earn the title of Grandmaster.

Youtube uses AI algorithms and human moderators to filter out prohibited content. But in this case, the algorithm couldn’t differentiate between hate speech and normal conversation.

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