Instagram Tackles Online Bullying With Artificial Intelligence

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Instagram Takes on Cyberbullying

“There is no place for bullying on Instagram.” Head of Instagram, Adam Mosseri states in his blog post announcing Instagram’s new cyberbullying strategy. Instagram plans to utilize artificial intelligence that learns how to identify bullying and harassment.

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How does Instagram plan to handle the complex nature of online bullying? In the blog post, Mosseri continues with stating that he intends to make Instagram a kinder place. First, the artificial intelligence system can examine comments on pictures and videos. Seconds, the system will decide if comments constitute as bullying and send the comments to Instagram’s Community Operations team. Essentially, this system replaces users needing to report comments they find to be harassing.

In the last several months, Instagram implemented tools on live videos that they titled the Bullying Comment Filter. This filter allows users to choose to hide offensive comments from a user’s feed and post.

In the last several months, Instagram implemented tools on live videos that they titled the Bullying Comment Filter. This filter allows users to choose to hide offensive comments from a user’s feed and post.

In addition to the live video tools and monitoring of comments, Instagram has new filters for their popular Instagram Stories. Now, users can choose a filter that promotes kindness. It is not the first time a private company has taken on cyberbullying. In October, Google introduced Interland – a service to teach children smarter and kinder online behaviors.

Online Bullying Statistics

Instagram is targeting teens with their new system. In the original blog post, Mosseri states that the new feature will help protect teenagers, who are amongst the youngers Instagram users and experience the highest amounts of bullying.

Cyberbullying can be difficult to spot due to fewer witnesses and even less enforcement. There are shocking statistics about online bullying. When bullying happens offline, in front of others, it is statistically proven that bullying will end in ten seconds due to a bystander. Instagram’s new artificial intelligence will act as an online bystander to help stop bullying.

How to stop cyberbullying

Sometimes cyberbullying can be hard to stop because it is hard to spot, but there are ways to prevent it. If cyberbullying has gone too far, with limited resources to stop it, SecureForensics can help. If you or a loved one are experiencing cyberbullying, we recommend calling us for a free phone consultation at 1-800-288-1407.