Have you ever commented on a post on social media and later realized that what you said was offensive to the receiver? Instagram is arguably the most buzzed social media platform around the globe. With 1 billion users on the site every year, it is quite tedious to handle all the offensive comments that exist on posts. So, Instagram is adding a new feature that will ask users to recheck what could be termed as offensive and give an option to correct it.
What Mosseri has to say?
Instagram’s CEO, Adam Mosseri says that the social network has already released tests that have been fruitful since users have chosen the option to undo their comment and post something that isn’t as offensive as the first one.
If you don’t like a photo on Instagram and comment “You look ugly”, then the platform prompts you with a notice reminding you that this might be deemed offensive to the other user. The note says: “Are you sure you want to post this? Learn more.”
If you choose to click learn more, then you’ll be told that your comment matches to other comments that have previously been reported by different users.
Mosseri says that this move from the network provides a chance to the users to evaluate and undo their comment and prevents the recipient from unnecessary issues. This step from the top social site is remarkable since online bullying is a significant issue for its users. He also mentioned that Instagram has been using an AI that detects objectionable content on its site to prevent bullying.
An Infortunate Incident from Past
A case from November 2017, where Molly Russell, a 14-year-old British teenager died also involves online bullying. According to her father, Instagram was a factor responsible for the demise.
Restrict Offensive Content
Likewise, Instagram is also planning to launch a tool, named Restrict that filters abusive comments without the need of blocking users. The tool allows the user to be active and read direct messages without the restricted user knowing anything about it. Regarding this issue, Mosseri says, “We’ve come to know from young people that they’re reluctant to block their bully online with a fear that it could worsen the situation since they might have to face their bully in real life.”
If you’ve ever been bullied or been a bully yourself, it’s high time that you did something about it. We urge you to think before you comment offensive content.