Font to blur insulting phrases
Cyberbullying is a growing problem in today's increasingly plugged-in world, with one in four children reporting they've been harassed or bullied online.
A Finnish tech company is hoping to create a kinder virtual space with a font that covers profanity in text-editing software, such as Word or Outlook, with a blur.
Using machine learning, The Polite Type is also capable of spotting insulting phrases and replaces derogatory terms with inclusive language.
For example, "You are stupid" becomes "You are silly," while "I hate you" is changed to "I disagree with you".
"We want bullies to rethink the words they use and the actual meaning behind them," said TietoEVRY spokeswoman Kia Haring.
The initial vocabulary of some 1,800 words was developed in collaboration with the Children and Youth Foundation and several nonprofits that work to promote diversity, inclusion and anti-racism.
New words and phrases will be added as more people and institutions download and use the font.