Instagram to use AI to stop online bullying on the social media platform

Agence France-Presse

The social media giant announced new features meant to prevent cyberbullying by warning people as they are preparing to post abusive remarks

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Instagram will be rolling out tools to stop online trolling.

Instagram on Monday announced new features aimed at stopping online bullying on its platform, including a warning to people as they are preparing to post abusive remarks.

“It’s our responsibility to create a safe environment on Instagram,” said a statement from Adam Mosseri, head of the social platform.

One new tool being rolled out is a warning generated by AI to notify users their comment may be considered offensive before it is posted.

“This intervention gives people a chance to reflect and undo their comment and prevents the recipient from receiving the harmful comment notification,” Mosseri said.

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Another new tool is aimed at limiting the spread of abusive comments on a user’s feed. A feature called “restrict” that is being tested will make posts from an offending person visible only to that person.

“You can choose to make a restricted person’s comments visible to others by approving their comments,” Mosseri added.

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“Restricted people won’t be able to see when you’re active on Instagram or when you’ve read their direct messages.”

The move by Instagram is the latest in a series of actions on cyberbullying by social networks to deal with hate speech and abusive conduct.

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