Published: Fri, October 12, 2018
Industry | By Terrell Bush

Instagram Uses Machine Learning Technology to Track down Bullying in Images

Instagram Uses Machine Learning Technology to Track down Bullying in Images

They are using a machine learning technology which would proactively detect bullying in the captions or the photos and will be sent directly to the community operations team to review.

In one of his first moves since taking the job last week, the new head of Instagram announced new features created to prevent bullying on the popular social media platform. "But online bullying is complex, and we know we have more work to do to further limit bullying and spread kindness on Instagram.", said Adam Mosseri in a press release.

According to the reports, users have already learned to bypass the text filter on Instagram by posting a photo they tend to bully or harass or other such negative purposes, however, after this feature is rolled out completely, it will block off the bullying-related content completely.

If a human moderator deems the photo is in breach of the platform's community guidelines, the photo will be removed, and the poster will be notified of its deletion and told why.

It's no coincidence that Instagram announced its latest efforts at the beginning of October-National Bullying Prevention Month in the US.

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The tools work by banning bullying comments on Instagram live videos, but also by scanning photos users post for content that might be bullying or hate speech.

The company, owned by Facebook, is also launching a "Kindness Camera Effect" in partnership with dancer Maddie Ziegler. To try the effect, you'll either need to follow Maddie Ziegler or find someone that has it and tap "try it". In selfie mode, your face is covered in hearts, and you can tag someone to support, according to the blog post. And on switching to rear camera, you will see an overlay with kind comments in various languages.

In May, the company started filtering out bullying comments meant to harass or upset people.

From today, Instagram also provides a new function with filter that filters out offensive comments - now you can enable it during online broadcasts.

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