What is algospeak?

Slang used to bypass content filters

As automated social media content filters become more strict, users are turning to algospeak to say what they mean without triggering those filters. For example, users may say unalive instead of dead, because the word dead triggers a platform's content filter. While automated filters are intended to prevent users from saying things they shouldn't, they often just prompt users to engage in algospeak instead.

The exact algospeak used on each platform varies, because each platform's content filters and algorithms block or hide posts featuring different "offensive" words. Some additional examples of algospeak include saying:


It's wild how algospeak is changing language online
Algospeak is quickly becoming a major source of Internet slang
Algospeak is quickly becoming a major source of Internet slang

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Updated April 21, 2022

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