On 1 July 2022, the Alan Turing Institute (Institute) launched a new research project seeking to better understand and utilise “counterspeech” to combat online hate speech. The project will aim to use AI computer models to automatically detect and generate counterspeech in English. Taking a somewhat different road to a similar destination, Google-funded research has found promising ways to ‘psychologically inoculate’ readers against misinformation (called prebunking), that could be translated to a hate speech context.


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