The globally popular Call of Duty franchise is jumping into the murky waters of voice chat censorship relying on AI technology. Activision, the company behind the franchise, revealed a unique partnership with AI technocrat Modulate, aimed at curbing the toxicity associated with in-game chatter.
This stern approach will see the integration of Modulate’s proprietary voice moderation tool—ToxMod—into Modern Warfare 2, Warzone 2, and the anticipated Modern Warfare 3.
While the pro-censorship brigade may lap up this news, ardent defenders of free speech will find this contentious, potentially viewing this as just another example of Big Tech tightening its digital leash. They might argue that the application of such AI censorship could potentially erode the spirit of free speech, allowing Big Tech to manipulate and surveil its users.
ToxMod, which embarks on its beta testing voyage this week, allegedly has the capacity to infer and keep a check on “toxic speech” – an umbrella term that Activision uses to describe so-called hate speech, harassment, and a plethora of discriminatory languages….