Instagram takes the battle to bullies with the power of AI technology

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One of the many downsides of using the social media is the pain of dealing with the increasing amount of trolls online. Trolls are not making life any easy for anyone, and Instagram knows just how difficult it is to deal with the menace. Social media companies like Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram, are daily looking for ways to curb the menace. This time around, Instagram is taking the battle to online bullies by using the power of Artificial Intelligence system.

This latest move from Instagram is logical considering how previous tools and methods haven’t brought about the expected changes. In 2016, the Facebook-owned photo sharing platform introduced keyword filter that automatically filters specific words that are considered as offensive. To an extent, the tools was able to get rid of certain abusive words from your timeline, but the result wasn’t encouraging enough.

You can choose your own list of words or use default words we’ve provided. The keyword filter tool was an addition to the tools “we’ve already developed such as swiping to delete comments, reporting inappropriate comments and blocking accounts,” Instagram said at the time.

Today, Instagram launched two new tools powered by AI technology to help it take the fight to trolls on its platform. The first tool according to the company, is a filter to block certain offensive comments and a spam filter in nine languages.

“Powered by machine learning, today’s filters are our latest tools to keep Instagram a safe place. Our team has been training our systems for some time to recognize certain types of offensive and spammy comments so you never have to see them. The tools will improve over time, enabling the community’s experience of sharing to improve as well. We hope to make these filters available in more languages as our algorithms improve,” Instagram said in a blog post.

It’s still early days and a few lose ends still needs to be fixed. For instance, Instagram needs to define what constitute hate speech and what is acceptable. While this latest move can best be described as a positive one, the company acknowledges the fact that more effort still need to be put in place:

“We believe that using machine learning to build tools to safeguard self-expression is an important step in fostering more inclusive, kinder communities. Our work is far from finished and perfect, but I hope we’re helping you feel safer and more welcome on Instagram.”

Last December, Instagram announced a new change that will enable private accounts to remove followers. The feature can best be described as an addition to what we have at the moment where a private account can only block a follower. Simply go to your list of followers and tap the menu next to the person’s name to remove him. The best part is that the person will not be notified by Instagram that he has been removed.

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Author: Ola Ric

Ola Ric is a professional tech writer. He has written and provided tons of published articles for professionals and private individuals. He is also a social commentator and analyst, with relevant experience in the use of social media services.

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