Sloane Stephens

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Source: USA Today

American women’s tennis player Sloane Stephens said racist attacks against athletes has only intensified recently and added that artificial intelligence software designed to thwart hateful messages has little effect.

“Yes, it’s obviously been a problem my entire career,” Stephens said Monday at the French Open after defeating Karolína Plíšková. “It has never stopped. If anything, it’s only gotten worse.”

Stephens, who is Black, said she has not used software that is being offered to players in this year’s French Open that is designed to filter offensive social comments and prevent them from ever reaching their targets.

I did hear about the software,” Stephens said. “I have not used it. I have a lot of obviously key words banned on Instagram and all of these things, but that doesn’t stop someone from just typing in an asterisk or typing it in a different way, which obviously software most of the time doesn’t catch.”

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