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Reddit’s automoderator is the future of the internet, and deeply imperfect

The good: AutoMod saves time and prevents potential mental health issues. The bad: Humans still have to clean up after it.
by Tanya Basu Oct

For the past four years, Shagun Jhaver has moderated several subreddits, diligently scrolling through pages and blocking posts that violate community rules or are outright offensive.

A PhD student at Georgia Tech whose research focuses on content moderation, Jhaver wondered if an automatic moderator could help him save not only time but also the mental toll of sifting through psychologically draining content.


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