Have you taken too much of those abusive and offensive comments? No worries! Facebook-owned photo sharing site has taken some appreciable steps to block offensive comments.
Instagram officially announced the launch of its new comment filter Thursday morning. This new comment filter, which will go beyond simple keywords, will automatically block offensive comments using artificial intelligence.
“Many of you have told us that toxic comments discourage you from enjoying Instagram and expressing yourself freely,” wrote Instagram CEO and co-founder Kevin Systrom in a blog post. “To help, we’ve developed a filter that will block certain offensive comments on posts and in live video.”
Instagram also announced a spam filter. The new comment filter will only be able to filter abusive comments written in English whereas new spam filter can detect and filter spam written in Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, French, German, Russian, Japanese, or Chinese as well.
Both comment and spam filters are powered by machine learning. They will look for not just the keywords but the context and relationship as well.
Instagram’s both filters are based on DeepText, an AI developed in-house at Facebook, as Wired reported Thursday.
“There’s an area of real debate about how much we want AI filtering posts on Facebook,” wrote CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a blog post earlier this month. “It’s a debate we have all the time and won’t be decided for years to come. But in the case of terrorism, I think there’s a strong argument that AI can help keep our community safe and so we have a responsibility to pursue it.”
That means probably Facebook also commit to the use of AI for the moderation of comments because Facebook hasn’t officially committed to the use of AI.
A Facebook spokesperson put emphasis on the fact that Instagram and Facebook are distinctive in comparison to each other in a statement emailed to Variety:
“Facebook and Instagram are different platforms with different user experiences — from the follow model to how comments are used. Although we share the same goal of creating safe communities, we are going to have different approaches. Instagram’s new tools are a great first step that both companies will be able to learn from.”
It means that Facebook is likely to use this new filter as a test case and will develop its own AI-powered comment filters to block and filter offensive comments.