Instagram Against Bullying: Application Kicks Off Battle Against Predators

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Instagram Against Bullying: Application Kicks Off Battle Against Predators

On Tuesday, Instagram added more weapons to battle bullying in the world of Internet and social media. The Instagram against bullying program plans to battle cyber bullying by using artificial intelligence to scan photos for abusive content at the Facebook-owned application.

This decision comes right after its owner, Facebook launched measures to go against harassment of any caliber. According to a survey, young victims of online abuse feel that social media firms aren’t doing enough to fight the problem of cyber bullying.


Instagram chief Adam Mosseri said that a type of artificial intelligence is being used to detect signs of bullying and then automatically flag any comment or content posted by an individual. That content will be then sent for review by the staff from the image-oriented social network.

“This change will help us identify and remove significantly more bullying,” Mosseri said.

“It’s a crucial next step since many people who experience or observe bullying don’t report it,” he added.

The feature is expected to roll across the social globe in just a few weeks.

Apart from that, a filter that enables Instagram users to detect and hide predatory remarks from Instagram feeds or profiles was extended to comments on live videos, Mosseri added.

To inspire more people Instagram also added a camera effect which can be used to show kindness with hearts, in a variety of languages.

“Online bullying is complex, and we know we have more work to do to further limit bullying and spread kindness on Instagram,” Mosseri said.

The social media network has also advised users to report report bullying or harassment on behalf of friends, who are reluctant to complain to the social network themselves.

Around 59 percent of US teens reported online abuse, and 63 percent said it was a major problem for people their age.

The survey found that most young harassment victims feel that teachers, social media firms and politicians are doing a poor job in looking at the problems of cyber bullying — an issue which has drawn the attention of US First Lady Melania Trump and Britain’s Prince William.

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