Facebook-owned photo-sharing service, Instagram has released an artificial intelligence mechanism which will serve to filter off offensive comments and spam.
“Many of you have told us that toxic comments discourage you from enjoying Instagram and expressing yourself freely,” Co-founder and Chief Executive Kevin Systrom said in a blog post yesterday.
“To help, we’ve developed a filter that will block certain offensive comments on posts and in live video,” he added.
This is coming as Internet companies, including Facebook, are working to curb trolls, hate speech and the spread of violent ideology on their platforms.
Instagram said that the filter scanning for spam is designed to work in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish; and according to Systrom, the offensive-comment filter will launch first in English.
“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, adding: “The tools will improve over time”.
He further stated that “All other comments will appear as they normally do and you can still report comments, delete comments or turn them off”.
To access the comments filter, click the “…” settings menu from the profile and scroll to tap “Comments”. [See illustration below].
Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube this week announced the launch of an anti-terror partnership aimed at thwarting the spread of extremist content online.
The Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism intends to share engineering, research and knowledge to help “continue to make our hosted consumer services hostile to terrorists and violent extremists,” the companies said as reported.
Each of the technology giants has been working individually to prevent its platforms or services from being used to promote or spread extremist views.