Scunthorpe Problem

Definition - What does Scunthorpe Problem mean?

The Scunthorpe problem is a relatively common technology issue where systems censor data based on faulty or irrelevant designations. It's named after the town of Scunthorpe in North Lincolnshire, England.

Techopedia explains Scunthorpe Problem

After some British technologies censored the names of towns like Scunthorpe based on faulty algorithms identifying them as obscene words, the "Scunthorpe problem" became part of the IT parlance. In a Scunthorpe problem situation, technologies are taking text strings including the letters of obscene words and characterizing them as obscenities, blocking them or redacting them for users.

The Scunthorpe problem shows how imprecise or blanket activity can hinder the utility of filtering or censoring technologies.

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