Textgain to develop world's first multilingual hate speech detection AI

Textgain is set to develop CaLICO over the next 12 months, aiming to create the world’s first advanced Large Language Model (LLM) capable of recognising and processing hate speech in all official EU languages. The company aspires to become the market leader in multilingual AI-based hate speech detection.

CEO Guy De Pauw, commented: "Large language models, especially commercial ones, refuse to process toxic language. This makes it almost impossible to use them to process hate speech. We are now building a language model from scratch that can process this type of content – but without generating it. That's what makes us different."          

Award-winning AI innovator

Textgain recently secured a significant victory as one of the four winners of the Large AI Grand Challenge, a prestigious competition featuring 94 international AI developers. The win included a €250,000 prize and two million hours of development time on a European supercomputer, accelerating new AI model training.

COO Redouan el Hamouchi: "In our digitalised world, there is a growing need for advanced tools to moderate content. Multilingualism is essential in this respect. We are pleased that we can train our application faster, so that it can handle different languages and cultures within the European Union."          

Ambitious global expansion

With grand ambitions, Textgain plans to focus on developing its AI 'Hate Speech' model, valued at several million euros, over the coming year. Following this, the company aims to leverage its market leader status to advance its SaaS applications, eyeing international growth.

"We have a unique position in the saturated market of AI providers," says De Pauw: "Firstly, because we are developing our own language model, instead of building on existing AI models. This immediately positions us alongside major players such as OpenAI, Google, and Meta. We also distinguish ourselves through our academic approach. We work together with policymakers, security services, social organisations, and scientists. Reliability and precision are important rather than generic solutions and unrealistic promises."

Commitment to ethical AI

Textgain remains committed to mapping social problems using AI technology. "The European Union has set strict standards," says De Pauw. "The technology must be transparent, explainable, and ethical. These values are also in our DNA. It’s the only way to give people confidence in new technology."

el Hamouchi confirms: "Our strong ambition also reminds us of our enormous responsibility. That is why we do everything we can to ensure that we meet the highest ethical standards. We are building and will maintain very strict processes to protect privacy."