A screenshot from the official video for Kanye’s West’s ‘Famous’; Photo: YouTube


Kanye West’s lyrics slipped under the radar of Instagram’s new foul-mouth detector program, DeepText, which is basically a TV Guardian for inappropriate and offensive language used on the social media app.

Instagram (via parent company Facebook) launched DeepText in June 2016 without most users even realizing it (as programmers probably prefer it to be). Since then, it has generally worked well bleeping out people’s curse words, but it hasn’t proven to be perfect. At least, not yet.

“[DeepText] has trouble, for example, with words that mean different things across cultures,” reports Wired. “It stopped sentences that used the word fag in a way that clearly referred to the British slang for cigarettes.”

Sorry, Brits. You’ve got to speak our version of English, according to this program.

On the other hand, it doesn’t scrub all the profanity away — the AI is faulty when it comes to some of West’s lyrics. Wired reports that every single line of the following section of West’s “Famous” lyrics got banned from Instagram:

For my southside niggas that know me best

I feel like me and Taylor still might have sex

Why, I made that bitch famous

Taylor Swift and her fans definitely find this lyric offensive, but is it offensive to the general public?

On the flipside, the article goes on to say the program was “entirely at ease” with the following lyrics from West’s song “Wolves:”

You tried to play nice, everybody just took advantage
You left your fridge open, somebody just took a sandwich

Some people would find this more offensive than the former lyric. To be honest, a lot of people are offended by a lot of what Kanye does, but that’s beside the point.

There is hope, however, for this AI — users are helping hone it to be more accurate on what is actually offensive language and what are just regular lyrics to a song.

Until then, here’s a bunch of naked people lying in bed with West and every lyric on “Famous” DeepText can’t get to.