Instagram’s new feature shows their commitment in fighting online bullies – A safer Instagram environment.
Admit it or not, social media is already an essential part of our lives in today’s generation and plays a crucial role in our everyday lives. With the domination of social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, more and more people are attracted to use these applications.
Expressing one’s self will always be a part of social media influence. But not as comfortable as everyone thinks. There are things that you need to consider when using a social media platform. One of these is cyberbullying. And no person ever wants to experience the dilemma of cyberbullying.
Facebook-owned photo-sharing platform Instagram has an answer to this problem. With Instagram’s mission in connecting people with others and things they love, the platform also wanted to let its users comfortably express their selves on Instagram.
“We know bullying is a challenge many face, particularly young people. We are committed to leading the industry in the fight against online bullying, and we are rethinking the whole experience of Instagram to meet that commitment,” Adam Mosseri, Head of Instagram said in his blog post.
The photo-sharing platform announced two new features to fight against cyberbullying. “We can do more to prevent bullying from happening on Instagram, and we can do more to empower the targets of bullying to stand up for themselves. Today we’re announcing one new feature in both areas. These tools are grounded in a deep understanding of how people bully each other and how they respond to bullying on Instagram, but they’re only two steps on a longer path,” said Mosseri.
The first feature uses Artificial intelligence that notifies people about their comments that may be considered as offensive before posting it. This feature will allow the user to reflect on the comment that may hurt the other party.
The other feature lets users restrict other users from seeing their accounts. “We’ve heard from young people in our community that they’re reluctant to block, unfollow, or report their bully because it could escalate the situation, especially if they interact with their bully in real life,” said Mosseri.
“We wanted to create a feature that allows people to control their Instagram experience, without notifying someone who may be targeting them,” Mosseri added.
The “Restrict” feature will soon be tested.