Instagram taps machine learning to detect online bullying

Instagram taps machine learning to detect online bullying

Being under the umbrella of bigwig Facebook, Instagram has received a number of features after Facebook took over it a few years ago.

"This change will help us identify and remove significantly more bullying - and it's a crucial next step since many people who experience or observe bullying don't report it", Mosseri said.

Instagram has announced its new tool which would help to fight to bully, this includes a new way to identify it and then report bullying. If the AI tool deems a photo unkind or unwelcome, it's sent to Instagram's community operations team for further review, according to a blog post introducing the anti-bullying tools. It's unclear what else the technology can detect and whether it would work on images without captions. Instagram also unveiled a "kindness camera effect" with dancer Maddie Ziegler of Sia's Chandelier (music video) fame where the users can post their photos with kind comments and hearts.

Mosseri was named Instagram's chief last week following the exit of co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger.

To roll out officially in the coming weeks, the new tech gives the 'gram a better handle on in-app bullying.

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Ziegler's 12.4 million followers can automatically access the effect; simply open the camera, tap the face icon at the bottom, and click "spread kindness". Users are encouraged to tag a friend when using it. In rear mode, kind comments in different languages will appear for a user to post.

Additionally, the platform is expanding its bullying comment filter to hide crude comments from the Feed, Explore, and Profile tabs, as well as live videos (above)-"to ensure that Live remains a safe and fun place to authentically connect with your friends and interests", Mosseri wrote.

This move seems to follow the company's announcement earlier this year that it would filter out bullying comments on its site through a feature that detects and blocks these comments altogether.

From today, Instagram also provides a new function with filter that filters out offensive comments - now you can enable it during online broadcasts.

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