NO NEED TO BLOCK ANYONE ON INSTAGRAM ANYMORE

How about you give Instagram multiple likes for their new safety features?

The social media platform which is owned by Facebook is taking a stand against bullying.

In a statement released on Monday 8 July 2019, Head of Instagram Adam Mosseri said that they “know bullying is a challenge many face, particularly young people.”

“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”, said Mosseri.

One of the new features will use Artificial Intelligence (AI) to detect bullying and “other types of harmful content in comments, photos and videos.”

If one comments in a way that is deemed to be distasteful, they will be asked “Are you sure you want to post this?” before their comment is posted.

Screenshots of how the new feature works.

This is not the first time Instagram deals with offensive comments. A few years ago the platform allowed users to not have comments on their post and also block comments.

On top of that, a new feature called “Restrict” will also be tested which will see users not blocking bullies or unwanted people, but they can approve whether to have their undesired comments appear. The unwanted person will be able to comment on pictures and videos but their comments will only be seen by them.

“Restricted people won’t be able to see when you’re active on Instagram or when you’ve read their direct messages”, said Mosseri.

Are you excited about these brand new features? Join the conversation on Twitter by tagging @radiodut.

Matshidiso Tsolo

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