Instagram introduces automatic blocking of abusive and offensive comments

Instagram is one of the most popular social media but it’s has started accomodating some unwanted users who would never stop using abusive or offensive words like those on Twitter.
Instagram introduces automatic blocking of abusive and offensive comments

To combat this problem of some users taking advantage of anonymity to abuse the platform, Instagram has decided to launch a new feature which can automatically block offensive comments.

Instagram introduces automatic blocking of abusive and offensive comments
This filter works for comments both in posts and live video, and will block them if it finds abusive or offensive.

Read the post from Instagram itself below:

“Many of you have told us that toxic comments discourage you from enjoying Instagram and expressing yourself freely. To help, we’ve developed a filter that will block certain offensive comments on posts and in live video. All other comments will appear as they normally do and you can still report comments, delete comments or turn them off. Also, you can always turn this filter off. To access it, click the “…” settings menu from the profile and scroll to tap “Comments.” 

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“We’ll launch this comment filter in English first, but will offer it in more languages over time.”

Another newly introduced feature is a new spam filter. It searches for any obvious spam in comments and block it from both posts and live videos. The filter will only work on posts written in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, French, German, Russian, Japanese and Chinese.

It says “Powered by machine learning, today’s filters are our latest tools to keep Instagram a safe place. Our team has been training our systems for some time to recognize certain types of offensive and spammy comments so you never have to see them. 

The tools will improve over time, enabling the community’s experience of sharing to improve as well. We hope to make these filters available in more languages as our algorithms improve.” 

“We believe that using machine learning to build tools to safeguard self-expression is an important step in fostering more inclusive, kinder communities. Our work is far from finished and perfect, but I hope we’re helping you feel safer and more welcome on Instagram.”

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