Instagram uses AI to filter out malicious comments

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June 30, 2017
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Hate speech and extremist content on social networking sites are rising, while on the other hand, social sites are planning to remove such content from their respective platforms.

This time photo-sharing giant Instagram has stepped up to curb malicious comments and content from its platform. The company has updated its platform and equipped it with Artificial Intelligence (AI) to find and filter out comments that seem derogatory or malicious towards someone or something.

Facebook-owned company Instagram has said that it has developed a program, a filter, that will filter hate speech from the comment box. The filter will also identify inappropriate comments during a live video session.

Co-founder Instagram Kevin Systrom said, “Many of you have told us that toxic comments discourage you from enjoying Instagram and expressing yourself freely that is why we have developed a filter to curb such type of comments”.

At first, the filter program has been launched to stop toxic English comments but eventually, other languages will also be included in this program.

Similarly, social media giant Facebook intends to delete over 66K hate speech posts every week to clean its platform from malicious content. Moreover, YouTube has also revised its policy against the extremist content and is now committed to deal with such content with iron hands.

Apart from this new program, Instagram has recently updated its platform allowing its users to hide their photos from others, the feature is named as “ archive”.

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