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Instagram is taking more steps to make sure online bullying will no longer be present on the platform by implementing new features such as pop-up warnings towards potentially abusive comments and user restrictions.

“It’s our responsibility to create a safe environment,” said Instagram head Adam Mosseri, “This has been an important priority for us for some time, and we are continuing to invest in better understanding and tackling this problem.”

Whenever a user’s comment can be considered offensive, an artificial intelligence will notify the user via a pop-up warning. Mosseri says this will allow people “a chance to reflect and undo their comment and prevents the recipient from receiving the harmful comment notification.”

The ‘user restriction’ is currently being tested to make posts from an offending person visible only to said person. “You can choose to make a restricted person’s comments visible to others by approving their comments,” said Mosseri, “Restricted people won’t be able to see when you’re active or when you’ve read their direct messages.”

This effort is the latest in a series of actions on cyberbullying by social networks to deal with hate speech and abusive conduct which can be especially harmful to young users. What do you think of Instagram’s new features?

Story from AFP.

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