(also false obscenity problem)
A type of content filtering issue that occurs when a word or phrase is mistakenly blocked or flagged as inappropriate due to an unintentional presence of a substring with offensive meaning. It usually arises when automated systems, such as web filters or search engines, rely on simple keyword matching to identify and censor content without considering context or word boundaries.
The Scunthorpe problem is a specific type of false positive, wherein the content filter wrongly identifies non-offensive content as offensive. In contrast, a false negative is when the filter fails to identify actual offensive content. Both issues highlight the limitations of automated content filtering systems and the need for more sophisticated algorithms to understand context and semantics.
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