Thursday, 18 October, 2018

Instagram is now using machine learning to detect bullying in image uploads

Instagram is now using machine learning to detect bullying in image uploads Instagram's using AI to weed out bullying in photos, comments
Sherri Watson | 12 October, 2018, 08:42

With this technology, the platform is able to detect bullying photos and image captions, using this to direct the content on to the Community Operations team for review.

That's why today we're announcing our latest tools to help combat bullying, including a new way to identify and report bullying in photos.

The move comes alongside new kindness camera effects on the photo sharing app in a bid to promote more positivity, as the United Kingdom prepares to mark Anti Bullying Week in November and the U.S. carries out its National Bullying Prevention Month throughout October.

Writing in a blog post Tuesday, Adam Mosseri said "While the majority of photos shared on Instagram are positive and bring people joy, occasionally a photo is shared that is unkind or unwelcome". When encountering such instances, the AI technology will detect the photos and won't act as an executioner but instead, it will forward such uploads to the human reviewers who will review and flag the photos and videos as appropriate or inappropriate.

"Since Instagram tends to skew toward a younger audience, it's really important to see that the platform is starting to take more progressive steps toward protecting their most vulnerable users".

In a statement, the company also pay attention to the fact that many users are not alerted to the harassment of the moderators of the service.

The feature has already started rolling out and will continue rolling out over the next few weeks.

About Kindness Camera EffectWith the New York Times best-selling teen author, actor, dancer Maddie Ziegler, we are launching a new feature to camera kindness effect to spread positivity. If you follow Ziegler, you get the effect automatically.

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. Do you agree with the use of artificial intelligence in wiping out inappropriate comments or photos on the social media app? Users can also turn off comments on individual Instagram posts and block posts with certain keywords.