Online newspaper The Huffington Post announced its first corporate acquisition, taking on Adaptive Semantics, the maker of JuLiA, a program that uses Bayesian algorithms to automatically moderate comments. For a publication as popular and community-oriented as The Huffington Post, the value of being able to automatically, simply, and effectively police its comment boards is considerable.
JuLiA employs algorithms similar to spam filters found on most email services, separating useful comments from abusive or obscene ones. Adaptive Semantics co-founders Elena Haliczer and Jeff Revesz will join The Huffington Post's staff, Haliczer as project lead of social news technology, and Revesz as director of social news technology.
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.