Instagram's using AI to weed out bullying in photos, comments

Joanna Estrada
October 12, 2018

In one of his first moves since taking the job last week, the new head of Instagram announced new features created to prevent bullying on the popular social media platform. As well, the company has introduced a new camera effect that it says will help "spread kindness" among users, at least when they're using the Stories feature. And all of them have tried to their bit to control it. Facebook owned photo sharing app Instagram's head Adam Mosseri has admitted that more work needs to be done in order to limit bullying and spread kindness on the platform. It's unclear what else the technology can detect and whether it would work on images without captions.

When a photo is identified as likely containing "bullying content", it will be sent to the Community Operations team for a "human-review".

Instagram is taking action against bullying on its platform.

In a statement, the company also pay attention to the fact that many users are not alerted to the harassment of the moderators of the service.

Mosseri was named Instagram's chief last week following the exit of co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger. According to Mosseri, the new add-on has been deployed and will continue to roll out in coming weeks.

"Maddie has been speaking out against online bullying since she started experiencing it and is one of many people in our community that uses Instagram to promote positivity", the blog said.

As well, Instagram is expanding its bullying comment filter to also detect and hide any bullying comments on live videos. To try the effect, you'll either need to follow Maddie Ziegler or find someone that has it and tap "try it". And on switching to rear camera, you will see an overlay with kind comments in various languages. Do you agree with the use of artificial intelligence in wiping out inappropriate comments or photos on the social media app? This also includes comparison photos wherein users could post split-screen photos comparing someone in a negative way.

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