Instagram on Monday announced new features aimed at stopping online bullying on its platform, including a warning to people as they are preparing to post abusive remarks.
“It’s our responsibility to create a safe environment on Instagram,” said a statement from Adam Mosseri, head of the social platform.
From the head of Instagram, Adam Mosseri (@mosseri): “We know bullying is a challenge many face, particularly young 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. We can do more to prevent bullying from happening on Instagram, and we can do more to empower the targets of bullying to stand up for themselves. Today we’re announcing one new feature in both areas. Encouraging Positive Interactions In the last few days, we started rolling out a new feature powered by AI that notifies people when their comment may be considered offensive before it’s posted. This intervention gives people a chance to reflect and undo their comment and prevents the recipient from receiving the harmful comment notification. Protecting Your Account From Unwanted Interactions With Restrict We wanted to create a feature that allows people to control their Instagram experience, without notifying someone who may be targeting them. Soon, we will begin testing a new way to protect your account from unwanted interactions called Restrict. It’s our responsibility to create a safe environment on Instagram. This has been an important priority for us for some time, and we are continuing to invest in better understanding and tackling this problem.” To learn more about these new updates, click the link in our bio. Artwork by @heysp
One new tool being rolled out is a warning generated by AI to notify users their comment may be considered offensive before it is posted.
“This intervention gives people a chance to reflect and undo their comment and prevents the recipient from receiving the harmful comment notification,” Mosseri said.
Another new tool is aimed at limiting the spread of abusive comments on a user’s feed. A feature called “restrict” that is being tested will make posts from an offending person visible only to that person.
“You can choose to make a restricted person’s comments visible to others by approving their comments,” Mosseri added.
“Restricted people won’t be able to see when you’re active on Instagram or when you’ve read their direct messages.”
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.