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Text Moderation with Cloud Functions

This template shows how to perform server side moderation of text written to a Firebase DB.

For instance if a user added the message "I DON'T LIKE THIS APP!! This is POOP!!!" this will get moderated to a - more civilized - non uppercase message: "I don't like this app. This is ****".

Functions Code

See file functions/index.js for the moderation code.

Moderation of the messages is performed using bad-words a bad words remover that uses an external list of bad-words and is currently mostly aimed at filtering english bad words. Also messages that contains mostly upper case characters are re-capitalized correctly using capitalize-sentence.

The dependencies are listed in functions/package.json.

Sample Database Structure

Users anonymously add a message - an object with a text attribute - to the /messages list:

            text: "This is my first message!"
            text: "IN THIS MESSAGE I AM SHOUTING!!!"

Once the function has ran on the newly added messages it adds two attributes. sanitized which is true if message has been looked at and moderated which is true if it was detected that the message contained offensive content and was modified:

            text: "This is my first message!",
            sanitized: true,
            moderated: false
            text: "In this message I am shouting."
            sanitized: true,
            moderated: true

Trigger rules

The function triggers every time a message is modified. It exits if the message has already been moderated.

Security Rules

The security rules only allow users to create message but not edit them afterwards. Also it does not allow users to set the sanitized value. Only the Cloud Function is allowed to modify sanitized by using an admin authorized reference.

Deploy and test

This sample comes with a Function and web-based UI for testing the function. To configure it:

  1. Create a Firebase Project using the Firebase Console.
  2. Clone or download this repo and open the text-moderation directory.
  3. You must have the Firebase CLI installed. If you don't have it install it with npm install -g firebase-tools and then configure it with firebase login.
  4. Configure the CLI locally by using firebase use --add and select your project in the list.
  5. Install dependencies locally by running: cd functions; npm install; cd -
  6. Deploy your project using firebase deploy
  7. Open the app using firebase open hosting:site, this will open a browser.
  8. Open the app and add messages to the message board. Try to ad bad words into your message and they should get moderated.