Instagram just announced that they’re taking big steps in order to crack down on online bullies. Cyberbullying is only a growing issue, and it’s becoming pretty frequent to read in the news about a young adult or child taking their life because of it.
The Cyberbullying Research Center released a report in 2016 saying 33.8% of students from 12 to 17-years-old were victims of cyberbullying at some point in their life.
But it doesn’t stop there. It’s not just a problem among teens or children…it happens to people of all ages across all parts of the internet.
In a statement, Instagram said, “We are committed to leading the industry in the fight against online bullying, and we are rethinking the whole experience of Instagram to meet that commitment.”
The release went on to say, “We can do more to prevent bullying from happening on Instagram, and we can do more to empower the targets of bullying to stand up for themselves.
Today we’re announcing one new feature in both areas. These tools are grounded in a deep understanding of how people bully each other and how they respond to bullying on Instagram, but they’re only two steps on a longer path.”
The first new feature Instagram is introducing is backed by AI, and it will alert a user when they are about to post an offensive comment. After testing, Instagram found this moment of reflection was effective in getting people to change their words.
The second new feature is called Restrict, and it allows a user to mark another user’s comments in a way that makes them invisible to everyone but that person.
Honestly, Instagram deserves a round of applause. Everyone should conduct themselves online and in person with the old kindergarten adage of, “If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say it at all.” When did everyone become so mean?
I think it’s amazing that such a powerhouse platform is standing up and doing something about this rampant issue, and I hope this means more social media platforms will be stepping up to do more soon as well.
In closing, Instagram’s statement said, “It’s our responsibility to create a safe environment on Instagram. This has been an important priority for us for some time, and we are continuing to invest in better understanding and tackling this problem.”
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