Keeping up with its mission to make Instagram a safe place for users to express themselves freely, the Facebook-owned company today announced that it has created a new artificial intelligence-based filter that automatically blocks certain offensive comments. Instagram has also launched a new spam filter in nine languages.
The company has received feedback from users who have been irked by toxic comments that discourage them from enjoying Instagram and freely expressing themselves. To put an end of this, Instagram developed a filter that will block certain offensive comments on posts and in live video on its own.
All other non-offensive comments will be shown as they normally are. Users will retain the ability to report comments, delete comments, and turn them off entirely.
Users will also be able to turn off this filter by clicking on the “…” settings menu from profile and scrolling to tap “Comments.” This filter has been launched in English first but it will get support for more languages over time.
The new spam filter is going to look for any obvious spam in comments and block it automatically from posts and live videos. It will work in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, French, German, Russian, Japanese and Chinese. It will also be available in additional languages as the algorithms eventually improve.