Instagram is employing machine learning to detect bullying on its platform

According to a 2017 survey, popular social media platform Instagram has surpassed Facebook as the worst platform for bullying online. 

Now, Instagram is trying to combat the growing negativity by employing “machine learning” to detect bullying in images. Once an image is flagged, it will be reviewed again by a human moderator.

According to an Instagram spokesperson, the bullying classifier flags “attacks on a person’s appearance or character, as well as threats to a person’s well-being or health” in an image.

If the photo was considered in-breach of Instagram’s community guidelines it will be removed and the person will get a notification of the removal with an explanation on why the image was deleted.

“This change will help us identify and remove significantly more bullying — and it’s a crucial next step since many people who experience or observe bullying don’t report it,” said Instagram’s new head, Adam Mosseri.

“It will also help us protect our youngest community members since teens experience higher rates of bullying online than others. This new technology has begun to roll out and will continue to in the coming weeks.”

Instagram will also introduce bullying comment filter on Live videos, which it already has done for the Feed, Explore and Profile sections.

screenshot tutorial of instagram's new feature