Instagram to start alerting users prior to posting potentially offensive title

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Last July, Instagram introduced some changes to its policy to include alerting users when they are account is close to being deleted. That update, according to the ephemeral photo sharing app, is geared towards helping users to understand if your account is at risk of being disabled. The Facebook-owned company has now gone a step further to announce a new update that will alert you prior to posting a potentially offensive caption.

The objective of course, is to give a chance to pause and have a rethink before going ahead to post a photo or video that might be carrying a potentially offensive title. Instagram believes that if people are notified ahead of any such post, they can be encouraged to have a rethink of their words when they get a second chance.

The new tool is powered by artificial intelligence, and has been tested. As with previously launched tools being powered by AI, this tool will improve as time goes on. Good thing is that you will get a second chance to change the caption of your post, which is the real idea behind the launch.

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“When someone writes a caption for a feed post and our AI detects the caption as potentially offensive, they will receive a prompt informing them that their caption is similar to those reported for bullying. They will have the opportunity to edit their caption before it’s posted.”

The warning will not only serve as warning to users, it will also help to educate them on what is acceptable when using Instagram. It will further educate you on when your account is at the risk of being banned.

Instagram said the warning will first be available to select countries before a global roll out in a couple of months.

A couple of months ago, Instagram said users will start getting notification when they start engaging in acts that violate the company’s policies. Added to that, notification will also grant you the opportunity to appeal deleted content. For a start, you will be able to appeal content deleted for violations of nudity, pornography, bullying and harassment, hate speech, drug sales, and counter-terrorism policies. The Facebook subsidiary said it will be expanding appeals in the coming months to cover more topics.

Content found to have been removed in error will be restored upon reviews of such appeal, while Instagram will also follow that up with removal of the violation from the account’s record. Instagram has also announced that it will be bringing the ability for you to appeal to within the app in the next couple of months from now.

A couple of weeks ago, Instagram launched a new feature called “Restrict.” The feature, according to Instagram’s head Adam Mosseri is part of the company’s plan to curb the menace called bullying as well as harassment on the platform.


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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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