Instagram’s Creepy New Comment Feature Could Be Worse

The Federalist | 7/10/2019 | Emily Jashinsky
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Instagram thinks it has an algorithm capable of identifying “offensive” content and wants artificial intelligence to “intervene” before users post anything objectionable. The platform’s Monday announcement indicates a notification will privately flag comments to their author before they’re actually published.

“In the last few days, we started rolling out a new feature powered by AI that notifies people when their comment may be considered offensive before it’s posted,” said Instagram Head Adam Mosseri, revealing the process is already in motion. “This intervention gives people a chance to reflect and undo their comment and prevents the recipient from receiving the harmful comment notification. From early tests of this feature, we have found that it encourages some people to undo their comment and share something less hurtful once they have had a chance to reflect.”

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The AI intervention was announced along with a forthcoming setting that will allow users to “restrict” others without notifying them, meaning comments left by restricted individuals will be visible only to them. The features are being framed as anti-bullying measures by Instagram, as the company grapples...
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