Instagram launches new features to fight online bullying

From Fast Company:

Facebook’s Instagram said today it is launching new tools designed to combat bullying on its platform, especially among teens.

One tool, which Instagram has already begun rolling out to users, is focused on would-be bullies. It uses artificial intelligence to notify users when a comment they’ve just composed might be considered offensive. “This intervention gives people a chance to reflect and undo their comment and prevents the recipient from receiving the harmful comment notification,” says Instagram head Adam Mosseri in a blog post Monday. “From early tests of this feature, we have found that it encourages some people to undo their comment and share something less hurtful once they have had a chance to reflect,” he writes.

The second tool, which Instagram says will begin rolling out soon, is meant to empower the (potential) victim. Posters can “restrict” the accounts of certain users so that comments from those users are visible only to them, not other users.

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