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Instagram’s new anti-bullying filter automatically blocks offensive and negative comments

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Gadgets article technology news internet @ Getty Images Carl Court
Gadgets article technology news internet @ Getty Images Carl Court

We’ve all had that moment: You’re totally feeling yourself and you snap a kickass selfie, which you quickly post to Instagram. You go through the comments and you’re LIVING for all of your besties telling you that you look great until… BOOM. There’s that one negative comment from a complete stranger that kinda puts a dampener on your day.

Comments should be kind, and social media is not a place for people to just spew negativity and bad vibes. And to be honest, Instagram agrees – as this week, it’s announced updates to its anti-bullying comment filter.

It’s the next step in advancing the social media network’s offensive comment filter tool, which automatically filters out toxic comments, particularly those aimed at at-risk groups. Instagram’s new anti-bullying feature automatically filters out mean comments intended to harass or upset users, according to a press release.

Gadgets article technology news internet @ Instagram
Gadgets article technology news internet @ Instagram

You can find the filter in the Options menu on the Instagram app, under Privacy and Security > Comment controls. The automatic filter’s turned on by default, and you can also manually enable specific keyword filters here.

So, what types of comments will the automatic filter actually hide? Well, the tool is geared to sift through and block nasty comments on a person’s appearance or character, as well as any threats to a person’s well-being or health.

Instagram’s new filter will also keep track of repeated issues so that the app can step in if a situation becomes threatening.

Gadgets article technology news internet @ Getty Images Carl Court
Gadgets article technology news internet @ Getty Images Carl Court

You might be wondering if the tool is *smart* enough to block a cruel comment not in English. And the answer is yes. Yes, it is. The filter can sift through English, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, German, Russian, French, Japanese and Mandarin.

This is not Instagram’s first attempt to make social media a kinder place. After a series of kindness campaigns, the company decided to create the Kindness Prom, an LA-based event that celebrates young people who are spreading positivity and creating change in their communities.
source : http://www.digitalspy.com/tech/news/a856239/instagram-offensive-comment-filter/

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