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Multimodal Meme Dataset (MultiOFF) for Identifying Offensive Content in Image and Text

Publication Type: 
Refereed Conference Meeting Proceeding
Abstract: 
A meme is a form of media that spreads an idea or emotion across the internet. As posting meme has become a new form of communication of the web, due to the multimodal nature of memes, postings of hateful memes or related events like trolling, cyberbullying are increasing day by day. Hate speech, offensive content and aggression content detection have been extensively explored in a single modality such as text or image. However, combining two modalities to detect offensive content is still a developing area. Memes make it even more challenging since they express humour and sarcasm in an implicit way, because of which the meme may not be offensive if we only consider the text or the image. Therefore, it is necessary to combine both modalities to identify whether a given meme is offensive or not. Since there was no publicly available dataset for multimodal offensive meme content detection, we leveraged the memes related to the 2016 U.S. presidential election and created the Mul- tiOFF multimodal meme dataset for offensive content detection dataset. We subsequently developed a classifier for this task using the MultiOFF dataset. We use an early fusion technique to combine the image and text modality and compare it with a text- and an image-only baseline to investigate its effectiveness. Our results show improvements in terms of Precision, Re- call, and F-Score.
Conference Name: 
TRAC-2: The Second Workshop on Trolling, Aggression & Cyberbullying, co-located with 12th Edition of Language Resources and Evaluation Conference
Proceedings: 
TRAC-2: The Second Workshop on Trolling, Aggression & Cyberbullying, co-located with 12th Edition of Language Resources and Evaluation Conference
Digital Object Identifer (DOI): 
10.x
Publication Date: 
11/05/2020
Conference Location: 
France
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Institution: 
National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG)
Open access repository: 
Yes
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