Most of us have accepted the norm of online interactions. Online communications have become a standard of life for those who have been born in this environment. It has become impossible to ignore the toxicity of the online world as messaging services, gaming platforms, and social networks available these days have their influences on today’s world.
In this situation, a question arises, whether artificial intelligence can help in protecting the youth from the ill effects of online toxicity as it has affected the scalability and efficiency of almost every industry on this earth. Zohar Levkovitz, a former Californian Entrepreneur of the Year, has answered the above question affirmatively. To save youth from the impact of online toxicity, he is following a mission to launch an algorithm based innovator, L1ght, to study the effects of online toxicity on children.
Who is Zohar Levkovitz?
Along with being awarded as the former Entrepreneur of the Year in California, Zohar Levkovitz is formerly the co-founder and seller of Amobee, a marketing tech company, and an investor who invested in hundreds of startups. He is also known as a star in the Israeli editions of Shark Tank. Besides, he is a contributor to several charitable causes. Currently, he is pursuing a mission to save children from the toxicity of the online world. His views in this regard include the following information. Zohar is the current CEO of L1ght company- the startup that saves children from online toxicity
Online Toxicity Is Spread Due To Technological Developments
The behavior of online sexism, cyberbullying, hate speech, greed, and shaming behavior can be referred to as online toxicity. The repeated incidents of online toxicity have increased the cases of self-harm in the children because of the depression and hopelessness they are experiencing these days. Earlier, toxicity was not seen in any shape or form unless children started spending much time online. Today one can easily interact with like-minded harassing people by joining a social community with a fake name or remaining in disguise or anonymous.
In California, where the rate of self-harming teenagers is exceptionally high, Levkovitz has started to recognize different types of dangers caused by the online world on the young children raised in this state. As he dug into it genuinely, he came across a terrifying picture of almost 75% gamers or over 400 victims of online toxicity. He then contacted Ron Porat, one of whose kids has been attacked by a predator and who has recently sold a company, to think over the solution for this problem. Their meeting ended in a positive environment.
Why This Problem Cannot Be Treated Effectively By Big Companies
These issues are being tackled by console, makers, government agencies, and game publishers in different ways as they are aware of them. But this problem cannot be controlled effectively even after enforcing laws and terms and conditions strictly as well as hiring several mediators. The creators of apps and social networks have to focus on developing effective technology to solve this problem, which is not included in the roadmap of significant businesses. Though the things designed by them, as well as moderators, work fast, they could not protect the children from a large number of incidents of online toxicity happening these days. All the solutions discovered so far become ineffective if the predators use a new slang word.
Artificial Intelligence Can Provide A Positive Solution
Scaling the size of the problem can be expected as the best way to solve this huge problem. To think like the attackers as well as kids, algorithms were researched and trained by Levkovitz and his team. By using deep learning and artificial intelligence, they analyzed the communications sent through videos, text, images, and audios and guessed their possibilities to be toxic. Being aware of the trending changes, they tracked the entire conversation so that they cannot hide behind slang words or fake profiles. By using this technology, they have succeeded in removing over 130,000 inappropriate images of child abuse and pedophiles from the Bing engine of Microsoft and WhatsApp groups.
According to Zohar Levkovitz, there is a lot to be done to eliminate the effect of online toxicity to protect children from attacks of the predators online. The risk of online toxicity is increasing potentially with the emergence of new messaging platforms, popping up games and social networks. The effect of the latest technologies and the efforts of the entrepreneurs on this global epidemic is yet to be seen.
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