Roland Garros takes a stand against online harassment with AI-powered tool: Safeguarding tennis players from cyberbullying

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Roland Garros is introducing an AI tool to help protect tennis players from online harassment.

Taylor Townsend and Danka Kovinic, among other WTA players, have given us insight into the dreadful world of cyberbullying. Death threats, insults, abusive content, even messages urging them to commit suicide are a common occurrence in their inboxes after lost tennis matches.

In order to minimize the distractions and emotional distress caused by cyberbullying, French Open organizers are equipping players with a software that will use artificial intelligence to filter out toxic comments on social networks.

Players will have the option to connect their social media accounts to the new technology and the smart software will readily block all derogatory comments. Platforms covered by the project include Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, TikTok and Discord.

“The mental health of players is a priority issue for the French Open,” French federation director Caroline Flaissier said. “There is no place for any form of violence in our tournament.”

A group of linguists creates word patterns to constantly enhance technology by analyzing content from social networks in real time. Their objective is to provide a contextual analysis that captures all relevant information, without censoring any content. (source: ESPN)

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