https://www.duolingo.com/dadatic

Is this automatic censorship? Can it be reverted?

I’m talking about these threads:

https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/69864

https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/3586247

A Portuguese word is being censored that is important to the discussions. I suspect it is censored because some people consider it offensive in English. To my knowledge, it is not offensive per se in Portuguese. The feminine form, “negra”, which does not exist in English, is not being censored. The censored masculine form can be used to refer to such innocuous concepts as a “black hole” or a “black body” commonly used in physics.

Not sure how to report this illogical censorship, other than posting this comment here. If some moderator is reading this, I suggest reverting the censored posts if possible, as otherwise the discussions are not very intelligible.

January 7, 2019

17 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Dostoievsky5

oh, the politically correct at its best, welcome to 2019

January 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/ExSquaredOver2

[censored]

January 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Ryanaissance

[redacted]

January 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/garpike

What else is being censored, to boot? This thread appears to have three invisible comments.

January 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Kajo76

Before I posted my comments (2) it showed 11 comments above the comment section, but it showed actually only 6 of them :-/

January 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Kajo76

Especially irritating: In the second discussion Scutigera posted links, which were also "censored". So no more following any helpful links with censored words.

One only can follow these links, if one knows what the censored word is about. For me it's clear in this case - but who knows which words will get censored along the way? :-/

January 10, 2019

[deactivated user]

    Censored +1

    January 10, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/angus390025

    I find this as well. I was posting in spanish and had to describe the color of something and I wrote ❤❤❤❤❤ and when I looked at it later, it showed some hearts. Very annoying. I can understand why it does that when I write Oh, ❤❤❤❤! or ❤❤❤❤❤❤! (That's annoying as well, but at least I can understand the philosophy behind such censorship) The censoring of a color is absurd.

    January 12, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/Kajo76

    but at least I can understand the philosophy behind such censorship

    I get their intention behind there, too, but then... Not really. Sooner or later everyone comes into contact with a lot of words which some people doesn't want them to know or use. Obviously not here anymore, but out there in the world.

    But hey - if they censor words, people will get creative ;-)
    Or they discover that they don't want to spend too much time in a community in which things are censored.

    There are sooo many learning resources out there :-P

    January 12, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/JaderSOl

    Acho que os responsáveis por esse tipo de censura deveriam ver o contexto e também o fato da palavra ter conotação social diferente nos países latinos. Essa matéria, no link abaixo, mostra como os NEGR0S ou PRET0S brasileiros veem essa palavra no contexto social. https://ultimosegundo.ig.com.br/colunas/afro-igualdade/2017-06-01/negro-ou-preto.html

    January 25, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/dadatic

    So far, I think we can safely assume the following:

    • The censored words are censored automatically, not manually by a human moderator for each message.

    • The censored comments will look well again if Duolingo removes the taboo words from whatever black list is being used.

    I am going to submit a bug report. While the problem can be seen as a moderation issue rather than a bug, the fact that the censorship is automated and has unintended effects makes it qualify as a bug in my opinion.

    January 27, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/Fernacam

    Politicamente correto para variar atrapalhando o ensino... lamentável isso !

    January 8, 2019
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