Instagram to filter out bullying comments

Instagram to filter out bullying comments
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Instagram on Tuesday unveiled an update aimed at filtering out bullying comments on its platform.

The new feature is an expansion of Instagram's offensive comment filter, which automatically parses out and removes abusive and toxic speech.


“This new filter hides comments containing attacks on a person’s appearance or character, as well as threats to a person’s well-being or health,” said Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom.

“Protecting our youngest community members is crucial to helping them feel comfortable to express who they are and what they care about,” he added.

Users will be able to turn off the feature if they don't want comments automatically filtered. 

It's the latest effort from social media companies to curb abuse on their platform.

Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have launched their own tools to keep abusive speech off their platforms over the last year.

Earlier this year, first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpFauci says he was 'absolutely not' surprised Trump got coronavirus after Rose Garden event Melania Trump slams 'salacious gossip' by ex-adviser who wrote tell-all book Ted Cruz won't wear mask to speak to reporters at Capitol MORE held a roundtable with technology companies at the White House, pressing them to address the threat of cyber bullying more directly.

“I’m well aware that people are skeptical of me discussing this topic. I have been criticized by many for my commitment to tackling this issue, and I know that will continue,” Trump said during the meeting. 

“But it will not stop me from doing what I know is right,” she continued. “I’m here with one goal: helping children in our next generation.”