Instagram started rolling out new AI-powered anti-bullying features


Facebook-owned Instagram has started to ship new features to its platform to combat the harassment and bullying on Instagram, especially among teenagers. 

This is the first feature on Instagram that uses AI to automatically recognize if someone is posting unfriendly or harassing comments. Once a user post such comments om any photo on the Instagram app, the AI will come into action and pushes the app to automatically ask them if they really want to go ahead and post this comment or if they want to reconsider and delete it. This makes the user to re-think on his comment before leaving them on the photo.

There’s another feature rolling out along with this feature that supports the anti-bullying feature. That’s another feature is Restrict that let you blacklist any user for commenting. However, this feature works in a different way. Once you use this feature on a user, only they will be able to see their comments after they post them and they will have no idea that other people aren’t seeing them.

In other words, this method is called shadowbanning, which prevents the user from being banned from taking counter-measures against the ban since they have no idea they were banned. Restrict also prevents the person from seeing when you are online or if you’ve read their direct messages. The anti-bullying feature is now rolling out while the Restrict feature will be coming soon on Instagram.

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