Researcher creates free comment moderation software for YouTube

A screenshot of FilterBuddy’s category page. Credit: Shagun Jhaver

As an expert in building a safer and fairer internet, Rutgers Assistant Professor Shagun Jhaver long suspected that digital content creators from minority groups suffered disproportionate online harassment. But when he heard about a 35-year-old Brazilian YouTuber who suffered a nervous breakdown and was hospitalized after a barrage of digital hate, he decided to do something about it.

Jhaver, who teaches in the Department of Library and Information Science at the Rutgers School of Communication and Information, built a comment moderation tool for YouTube to ensure that users like the video …

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