Instagram steps up its fight against offensive comments and spam
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Because nobody wants to see offensive comments on their Instagram posts, nor do we want bots who post soulless, generic compliments.
While social media platforms have helped the world connect, relative anonymity that they provide have led to some alarming behavior online. Studies confirm that social media websites often encourage cyberbullying and general toxic behavior: for instance, The Washington Post claims that nine out of ten teen Facebook users witness bullying on Facebook. Well, Instagram is no exception.
That’s why the Facebook-owned image-sharing platform is taking steps to prevent hateful comments and hurtful behavior from the get-go. With the latest update, offensive comments will be blocked by default – or at least in theory. You can still report individual comments and profiles, of course, and if for whatever odd reason you want to disable this feature, you can do so in the app’s settings. The hope is that the automatic blocking will create a safer and a more inclusive space for all Instagram users.
The new update will also address spam, another huge issue in the Instagram community. I can’t count how many times I’ve had to deal with clearly robot-generated spam comments like “wow so rad, check out my profile” or some soulless thumbs-up emoji. The filter will reportedly work in many different languages and will use machine learning to improve over time. That applies to offensive comments as well: essentially, the more toxic comments the filter sees and identifies, the more it learns and the smarter it gets.
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