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Horrible Christian App Narcs to Your Mom If You Watch Porn

November 21st 19__Dan Robitzski__Filed Under: Artificial Intelligence
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Evangelical Christians are enlisting AI in the holy war against pornography.

Religious apps like Covenant Eyes act as a sort of AI-powered filter that not only blocks people from sneaking a quick glimpse at porn, but also shames them by flagging their activity in a report to their family or friends, according to CQ Roll Call. The app is clearly built to further evangelical morals, and while it may be a useful tool for true believers or people trying to kick a habit, it’s worth noting just how bizarre it is to ask AI to keep on an eye on you in case you slip up.

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While it may be hard to imagine a worse hell than sending your mom a push notification — and a screenshot — every time you watch smut, similar tech could conceivably help kids steer clear of porn as they take their first steps online.

A large portion of Covenant Eyes’ customers — yes, they pay to use the app — are married men. But company spokesperson Dan Armstrong told CQ Roll Call that the same system could feasibly protect kids from getting airdropped nudes or other explicit content — something that doesn’t currently have a NSFW content filter in place. But, as ever, we should be skeptical of high-tech “child-protecting” service that essentially eradicates their personal privacy.

READ MORE: Christians turn to artificial intelligence to stop porn use [CQ Roll Call]

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