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Instagram is now using artificial intelligence to detect cyberbullying

Instagram is now using artificial intelligence to detect cyberbullying

Here is how Instagram is working to put an end to cyberbullying

October is most well known for being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but it’s also National Bullying Prevention Month. Instagram is working on releasing a new artificial intelligence software to detect cyberbullying on its platform.

 Photo courtesy of Instagram

Photo courtesy of Instagram

In a statement released October 9, Head of Instagram Adam Mosseri wrote: “There is no place for bullying on Instagram.” Instagram has always had the option for users to report any hurtful behavior on the platform and the app will remove the content if it violates the user guidelines. However, due to the complexity of cyberbullying, Instagram is now introducing new tools to detect and combat online bullying. 

Detecting Bullying in Photos

Instagram is now using machine learning technology to detect bullying in photos and captions - if a photo appears to be negative or harmful, it will be sent to the Community Operations team for review. Mosseri said that this change will help Instagram to “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.” He also mentioned that this new software will help protect the younger Instagram users since most bullying tends to happen in the tween/teen years. 

Bullying Comment Filter for Live Videos

Instagram has had a bullying comment filter for a few months now, but now they are adding this feature to live videos. If a rude comment is posted during a live video, the filter will recognize certain trigger words and hide the comment. 

Kindness Camera

Instagram is also not only focusing on preventing bullies but is also celebrating kindness as well. Instagram is partnering with Maddie Ziegler (actor, author, and dancer) and launching a camera effect to spread positivity. Users can put the camera in selfie mode and the screen will fill with hearts and users can tag a friend they want to support.

 Photo courtesy of Instagram

Photo courtesy of Instagram

We appreciate that Instagram takes cyberbullying so seriously and think these new additions are great. What are your thoughts on Instagrams new anti-bullying and promoting kindness features? Let us know in the comments section below and be sure to subscribe to The Sitch for more Instagram news and other entertaining reads. 

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