Instagram’s AI now warns you when you want to post something offensive

Instagram has announced that it is rolling out a new feature to curb online bullying. An AI will warn users before they post a potentially offensive caption with a picture. Specifically, if the caption you’re planning to post has an offensive word in it, the AI flags it and warns you that the caption looks “similar to others that have been reported.” It then gives you the option to edit, “learn more” (which shows you a pop-up that reminds you again) and to share it regardless. This also counts for comments, btw, a place we think most of the meanies hang out. “Today, when someone writes a caption for a feed post and our AI detects the caption as potentially offensive, they will receive a prompt informing them that their caption is similar to those reported for bullying. They will have the opportunity to edit their caption before it’s posted,” Instagram explains in a blog post. This is obviously a massive problem with online communities because Instagram’s made other efforts this year to combat bullying. Earlier this year, it rolled out its Restrict feature, which basically allows you to block a bully or harasser from your page without them knowing. According to Instagram, this feature is rolling out to select countries now, and globally in the next few months.

Source: Instagram blog