Facebook’s biggest division has made a ton of changes lately to make the user experience a more pleasant one and now it looks like they’re getting more closely involved with what you actually post in the caption of your image.
In a new update that is rolling out to a select few countries for testing, Instagram will be enabling an AI feature that scans your post for certain triggers that are known indicators of an offensive post.
How does it do this?
AI learning, of course, but with an eye towards what gets the most negative reactions from Instagram users in terms of reporting a post.
While the feature doesn’t stop the user from posting something questionable, it does offer a prompt that explains that the post contains elements that were identified as problematic and then offers the user the ability to either edit the post or get rid of it entirely.
Naturally, this is limited to the caption that accompanies a post and not the picture itself.
Options also include editing it but users can help refine the experience by tapping on “Learn More” to inform Instagram that it has made a mistake with this content if they want to do that.
In describing the goals of the change, Instagram wrote in a post, “Results have been promising. We’ve found that these types of nudges can encourage people to reconsider their words when given a chance.”
The company continued in their blog post, “In addition to limiting the reach of bullying, this warning helps educate people on what we don’t allow on Instagram, and when an account may be at risk of breaking our rules. To start, this feature will be rolling out in select countries, and we’ll begin expanding globally in the coming months.”
What do you think? A little bit too intrusive on Instagram’s part or long overdue? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
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I find Instagram’s rules completely nonsensical. Photographs of tribal women with bare breasts aren’t acceptable but there are feeds such as “tits_and_ass_365” or “instagr.models” which post extremely vulgar semi-pornographic photos which are allowed. Basically, none of the work of the Italian Masters, such as Michelangelo or Botticelli would be allowed on Instagram yet these types of feeds proliferate. I’m all for protecting children from pornography and bullying but Instagram’s rules are not discerning, they are stupid.
I’m with you – their rules are opaque and nonsensical. It’s impossible to tell what their goal is.