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Instagram to use machine learning to detect signs of bullying in photos

Instagram to use machine learning to detect signs of bullying in photos

The Facebook-owned photo and video-sharing service has begun rolling out new tools that use machine learning to identify instances of bullying in photos, including captions, shared on its platform.

New Head of Instagram Adam Mosseri is only 10 days into the job and already introducing high-tech tools to limit bullying on the social network.

Instagram is also introducing a new filter, called the "kindness camera", to help spread positivity on the platform. It's unclear what else the technology can detect and whether it would work on images without captions.

A spokesperson from Instagram provided an example."An example of a bullying tactic that the photo technology detects is comparing, ranking, and rating images and captions, such as split-screen images where a person is compared to another person in a negative way", said spokesperson David Troya-Alvarez.

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When a photo is identified as likely containing "bullying content", it will be sent to the Community Operations team for a "human-review".

"Online bullying is complex", Mosseri wrote in a blog post, recognizing that the current system of reporting and removing content that violates company guidelines isn't enough.

Additionally, the platform is expanding its bullying comment filter to hide crude comments from the Feed, Explore, and Profile tabs, as well as live videos (above)-"to ensure that Live remains a safe and fun place to authentically connect with your friends and interests", Mosseri wrote. If you follow her, you can get the effect automatically, and when in selfie mode, the filter will cover your face in hearts, and you can tag someone to support, reports CNet. Do you agree with the use of artificial intelligence in wiping out inappropriate comments or photos on the social media app? And on switching to rear camera, you will see an overlay with kind comments in various languages.

Earlier this year, Instagram announced it would filter out bullying comments that aim to harass or upset users.


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