Published: Fri, June 30, 2017
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Instagram to Begin Auto-Blocking Offensive Comments and Spam

Instagram to Begin Auto-Blocking Offensive Comments and Spam

This filter will get rid of potential spam comments found on posts so no one has to deal with them. It's also turned on by default so you don't have to worry about trying to figure out how to turn it on.

Time will tell how well DeepText works on Instagram; hate speech and spam will likely slip through the filters, but will legitimate comments become caught as well?

'Our work is far from finished and flawless, but I hope we're helping you feel safer and more welcome on Instagram'.

The filter is optional, and can be accessed in the "Comments" tab within the settings menu. All other comments will appear as they normally do and you can still report comments, delete comments or turn them off.

Instagram has launched two machine-learning-powered tools to block abusive comments and spam.

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"Our team has been training our systems for some time to recognize certain types of offensive and spammy comments so you never have to see them", Systrom said.

Instagram on Thursday said it is using artificial intelligence to filter nasty comments and spam at the popular Facebook-owned photo-sharing service. Today Instagram detailed the roll out of new features that should help it fight abuse and spam within its community.

Filters for spam comments are launching in a total of nine different launguages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, French, German, Russian, Japanese and Chinese. The tools will improve over time, enabling the community's experience of sharing to improve as well.

Contractors trained up DeepText on identifying negative comments and categorizing them into broad segments like "bullying, racism, or sexual harassment", according to Wired. To combat this problem, Instagram has just launched a new feature: automatic blocking of offensive comments. It will also be available in additional languages as the algorithms eventually improve. The spam filter has secretly been in place since last October, but it's only being revealed today.

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