Instagram: New Anti-Bullying Filter Will Purge Threats, Personal Attacks

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"To be clear: we don't tolerate bullying on Instagram". Tuesday they announced that Instagram is set to transform with several new features set to "improve" the app. In a separate update, it confirmed that a video chat feature was now being tested.

Instagram has redesigned the Explore page so you can pick topics, rather than see recommended content only.

"This new filter hides comments containing attacks on a person's appearance or character, as well as threats to a person's well-being or health", the Instagram team wrote Tuesday.

Instagram will adopt the augmented reality effects from Facebook.

Stories now has an option to integrate with apps like Spotify and GoPro.

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The Facebook-owned network first announced the concept a year ago, saying it had been training a tool to detect and suppress "offensive and spammy" comments in at least nine languages. For every lovely comment that a friend or stranger might leave, there seems to be no shortage of trolls who make it their mission to bully other users.

The Facebook-owned photo sharing application, which has more than 500 million daily active users, said in a blog post that the move will "filter bullying comments meant to harass or upset people in the Instagram community".

Humans at Instagram trained the system, which is built on a Facebook-developed text-processing system called DeepText, by sorting negative comments into categories, including bullying, racism, and sexual harassment, the New York Times reports.

Instagram will also expand its policies against the bullying of young public figures.

"Protecting our youngest community members is crucial to helping them feel comfortable to express who they are and what they care about", he added.