A tool to help newsrooms host quality conversations.

Perspective is an API from Jigsaw and that uses machine learning models to score the perceived impact a comment might have on a conversation.

“To learn how to spot potentially toxic language, Perspective examined hundreds of thousands of comments that had been labelled by human reviewers”, explained Jigsaw’s President, Jared Cohen.

Jigsaw’s model was trained by asking people to rate internet comments on a scale from "Very toxic" to "Very healthy" contribution, based off data collected via online Survata surveys. For Perspective’s purposes, toxicity is defined as "a rude, disrespectful, or unreasonable comment that is likely to make you leave a discussion”.

The tool has applications for writers, helping them to identify inflammatory statements, and readers, who might want to sift through different perspectives.


Image: Perspective.

So far, the API is being trialled with the New York Times, The Economist, and The Guardian.

Although still only in its early days of research and development, you can request an API key or sign up for information as its rolled out.

Visit the Perspective webpage here.