Thursday, 22 August, 2019

Instagram announces new features to help counter bullying

Instagram will now ask you to think twice before posting profanities Instagram Announces New Features Designed to Combat Bullying
Russell Knight | 10 July, 2019, 17:17

According to a survey published by the Pew Research Center past year, 72 percent of USA teenagers said they used Instagram. So what happens when there are comments that defame or bully these people? "We are committed to leading the industry in the fight against online bullying, and we are rethinking the whole experience of Instagram to meet that commitment", said Mosseri. It also hides when the account holder is active on IG or when they have read a DM.

In an announcement published Monday, Instagram said it will be encouraging positive interactions powered by artificial intelligence (AI), notifying a publisher that their words may be considered offensive.

Instagram says early tests of this feature have shown that it encourages some people to reflect on their comment and undo it to send something nicer.

The initiative comes after Instagram has come under fire for not doing enough to tackle online bullying. The company is also rolling out the ability for users to restrict offending accounts without making the ban obvious to them - similar in a way to shadow bans used by moderators on Reddit. It is extremely hurtful and we urge our readers to not engage in these kinds of acts as it brings no real benefits.

"You can choose to make a restricted person's comments visible to others by approving their comments", Instagram explained.

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Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's COO, addressed the new features in an Instagram post of her own. After admitting the app is 'too slow' in addressing harmful content last month, Instagam's head Adam Mosseri has now announced the roll out of the platform's new anti-bullying features. You can then review and allow the restricted person's comment to be visible to others specifically.

The company said young people are often "reluctant to block, unfollow, or report" bullies for fear of escalating the incident. "Some of these actions also make it hard for a target to keep track of their bully's behavior".

The social network is also testing another feature called 'Restrict, ' which will allow you to limit a person's interaction with you.

About 59 percent of U.S. teens have been bullied or harassed online and most think social media sites are doing a fair or poor job of addressing this issue, according to a 2018 study by the Pew Research Center.

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