New Instagram cyberbullying prevention tools launched

In a recent post, Instagram announced the introduction of new tools on their platform to help users tackle the issue of cyberbullying and to continue their commitment to ‘foster kind, inclusive communities’ on the platform.

We’ve summarised the range of ways that you can help your child manage cyberbullying on the platform to make sure they make the best use of these tools to have a safer experience on the platform.

Blocking Offensive comments

You can use the bullying filter to block certain offensive comments on posts and in live video. There is also a manual filter option that allows you to remove comments that mention a set list of specific words or phrases that you don’t want to see. The feature is found under ‘settings >> privacy >> comments. All other comments will appear as they normally do and you can still report comments, delete comments or turn them off.

Machines detect bullying in videos

Instagram uses machine learning technology to proactively detect bullying in photos and their caption and send them to their Community Operations team to review

‘Think before you post’ AI comment prompt

Instagram has started rolling out a feature that is powered by AI that notifies people when their comment may be considered offensive before it’s posted. This intervention gives people a chance to reflect and undo their comment and prevents the recipient from receiving a harmful comment notification.

It will help young teens ‘think before they post’ and give them a moment to pause before putting out a comment that might be harmful.

Resources document

Use our set up safe how-to guide to set the right privacy settings on Instagram.

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