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Hate and harassment flourish in online comment sections. To keep these digital forums open, Jigsaw - a division of Google’s parent company, Alphabet— built Perspective, a machine-learning system that scores readers’ written thoughts from 1 to 100, based on how likely they are to be toxic. You may have noticed that since June, more articles on The New York Times’ website allow people to post their opinions. That’s because the Times—which contributed millions of annotated comments to train the system— employed Perspective to help its human moderators handle the remarks more efficiently. By year’s end, editors hope to have opened up 80 percent of all articles for (non-toxic) discussion.