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FIA to use AI to combat online abuse

2022 Dutch GP. Credits: @Ben_Sulayem (Twitter).

The FIA announced that they will use artificial intelligence technology to tackle online abuse in motorsports.

The issue of online abuse has grown over the recent years in motorsports, including Formula 1. Cases of abuse towards fans and drivers occurred at several Grands Prix this season.

Earlier this year, F1 announced the launch of the Drive It Out initiative, aimed at eliminating fan abuse.

On Wednesday, the FIA confirmed its cooperation with the artificial intelligence content moderation company Arwen.ai in order to “detect and reduce growing levels of unwanted content on its social channels”. The federation also revealed that the partnership is a “key component” of a campaign that will be launched in the near future.

“As the governing body, we draw criticism at times for the decisions we take in enforcing technical and sporting regulations. We respect that people are entitled to their opinion and we encourage free speech, but an increasing number of social media posts carry an unacceptable level of vitriol,” FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem said.

“Some of that has been aimed at FIA staff and volunteers. I will always stand up for my employees, officials, and volunteers. These people enable us to go racing in a safe and controlled environment. Without them, there would be no racing.

“We have also heard the views of Formula 1 drivers during recent drivers’ briefings at Grand Prix weekends. They have voiced their concerns over the issue and are committed to action. We are calling on the entire motorsport community to unite as one in this mission.

“Our campaign will build on the recent Drive It Out initiative. We must all unite to take action against abuse, harassment, and hate speech. We must combat this blight on our sport. The expertise of Arwen.ai will be a key tool in this effort. The social media platform owners also have a role to play.”

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