Facebook invests in AI technologies. Since it owns Instagram, users of this photo-sharing app benefit from it.
Recently, the said app introduced several new anti-cyberbullying functionalities. It utilizes machine learning to scan photos published to the app. From there, it can identify bullying. Once it does, it sends the image to the community moderators of the app for scrutiny.
For that reason, harassers cannot publish defamatory notes or threatening comments and post an image of them to circumvent the app’s text filters that aim to prevent bullying.
Adam Mosseri, the new head of Instagram, stated:
“There is no place for bullying on Instagram. If people see that kind of hurtful behavior on our platform, they can report it, and we remove any content that violates our guidelines. But online bullying is complex, and we know we have more work to do to further limit bullying and spread kindness on Instagram. That’s why today we’re announcing our latest tools to help combat bullying, including a new way to identify and report bullying in photos. We’re also introducing a camera effect to help spread kindness in Stories. As the new Head of Instagram, I’m proud to build on our commitment to making Instagram a kind and safe community for everyone.”
In May, Instagram rolled out text filtering for bullying. However, it was not enough to fight the said issue.
With the latest tools, they could determine harassment in images. These would include insults to the uploader’s appearance, health, and well-being, among many things. The new image filter is compatible with Stories and feed.
Currently, the update tackles on photos only. However, the company is working to provide protections for IGTV soon.
The Hide Offensive Comments setting is enabled by default. Furthermore, the app lets you add words that you wish to filter out of your comments. You can also opt to auto-filter those commonly reported words.
Still, the app’s human moderators will make the final call.
This latest update intends to stop or at least block bullying. Many Instagram users experience bullying while using the app.
The app also introduced Kindness Camera Effect. It is a new feature that stops negativity to spread on the platform. The company collaborates with Maddie Ziegler, an anti-bullying advocate, in creating this camera effect. It aims to support their friends using filter overlays and kind comments.
If you follow Ziegler, you can install the feature automatically. If not, you can still try it out so it will be added to the in-app camera functionalities.
When you are in selfie mode, your hearts will fill the display. From there, you can tag a friend to support. That friend will get a notification to know that you mentioned him/her in your story.
Adam Mosseri was introduced to the public as the new head of Instagram when the co-founders announced that they are leaving the company in September.
Both Facebook and Instagram added new features at the start of this month. October is considered as the National Bullying Prevention Month.