Instagram just added another block feature to the comments section to block offensive comments. Last year’s September update on preventing a specific group of phrases or words in comments by Instagram was manually operated by the user. Instagram recently hired some spam repeller bots or the system we know as Deep Text, Facebook’s text understanding engine.
You’re six years old daughter just texted from her mom’s phone ‘I need an apple for my birthday.’ Your brain will interpret the word apple in few possible ways. It may be an apple from the grocery store or Newton’s apple you studied in 7th standard or Steve Job’s Apple device, which is the highest probable match that fits your daughter. The deep text does the same thing. Only this time the system is redirected toward a more specific category we call Spam. This AI will automatically filter words or phrases which may sound neutral to Snoop Dogg but not to your grandpa.
How to block offensive comments on Instagram using AI:
- Click “…” settings on menu bar
- Choose or tap comments
- Turn on “Hide Offensive comments”
It can be switched off manually just by turning off this feature.
Try putting a comment saying “I Am A Born Again Follower Of Jesus Christ”.
Limiting the audience
You just typed a line from ‘Lollipop’ by Lil Wayne on Samantha’s post but Samantha will never know. Eventually, no one will be notified not even you that your comment has been blocked by the auto filter. That line could have got you out of the list saved by Instagram.
This feature was secretly in action since October which Instagram revealed only a few days back.
“We believe that using machine learning to build tools to safeguard self-expression is an important step in fostering more inclusive, kinder communities. Our work is far from finished and perfect, but I hope we’re helping you feel safer and more welcome on Instagram.”
CEO & Co-founder, Instagram.