Sunday, 31 May 2020

Instagram restricts offensive captions to curb hate speech, abusive conduct

LONDON: Facebook-owned Instagram, after giving its users power to restrict bullies on its platform, has now announced to extend its anti-bullying tool to hurtful captions on photos and videos.

Instagram is using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to detect bullying and other types of harmful content in comments, photos and videos, and potentially with an ability to warn users before they post offensive captions with their posts.

The move by Instagram is the latest in a series of actions on cyberbullying by social networks to deal with hate speech and abusive conduct which can be especially harmful to young users.

“It’s our responsibility to create a safe environment on Instagram,” Adam Mosseri, the Head of Instagram, stated.

If someone bullies users on an Instagram caption on their photos or videos, it will immediately be flagged with a notification: “This caption looks similar to others that have been reported”.

The user will be given the option to revise the message or share it anyway. The “Caption Warning” feature is yet another step to prevent cyberbullying on Instagram.

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