Last week, Instagram announced that it will be implementing an artificial-intelligence technology that “will automatically hide bullying comments on the social network,” FastCompany reports.
While the concept was announced last year, it had been in “training” to learn how to detect offensive comments in nine different languages. According to the New York Times, the system utilizes a text processing program called DeepText and sorts comments into categories such as bullying, racism, and sexual harassment.
This system is especially pertinent for young teens. According to a survey conducted by Ditch the Label, 42% of youth have experienced bullying on Instagram, making it the most common for bullying across all social media platforms.
For the full scoop, check out FastCompany.
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