“This study investigates offensive and hate speech on Arab social media to build an accurate offensive and hate speech detection system. More precisely, we develop a classification system for determining offensive and hate speech using a multi-task learning (MTL) model built on top of a pre-trained Arabic language model. We train the MTL model on the same task using cross-corpora representing a variation in the offensive and hate context to learn global and dataset-specific contextual representations. The developed MTL model showed a significant performance and outperformed existing models in the literature on three out of four datasets for Arabic offensive and hate speech detection tasks.”


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