Instagram now uses AI to shame you before you post bullying or offensive captions

Dec 17, 2019

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Instagram now uses AI to shame you before you post bullying or offensive captions

Dec 17, 2019

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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With its latest AI-powered feature, Instagram is continuing its fight against the abuse on the platform. From now on, if you try to post an image with an offensive or bullying caption, Instagram will warn you and ask you to reconsider it.

Earlier this year, Instagram launched a similar feature. It also uses AI, and it notifies users if the comment they’re about to post may be considered offensive. This gives people the opportunity to change their minds and reword their comments, and according to Instagram, it worked. “We’ve found that these types of nudges can encourage people to reconsider their words when given a chance,” Instagram writes. So, this kind of “guilt-tripping” has now been expanded to captions as well.

Basically, when you write a caption for a post and Instagram’s AI detects it as potentially offensive, you will be notified that the caption is similar to those reported for bullying. So, you’ll have the opportunity to edit your caption before it’s posted.

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If you decide to post the offensive caption anyway, I guess you risk having your account disabled. But Instagram now warns you before deleting your account, so you’ll still have a chance to make up for your mistakes. But still, I believe that there’s a pretty simple way to bypass all these Instagram’s AI tools: just be kind.

[via Digital Trends; lead image credits: Lisa Fotios on Pexels]

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6 responses to “Instagram now uses AI to shame you before you post bullying or offensive captions”

  1. Michael Estwik Avatar
    Michael Estwik

    Well, then it’s just to learn how to tell people how to go to hell in a way that they look forward to it. Or, just use Shakespeare insult sheet and the AI will get some big problems.

  2. Alex Minkin Avatar
    Alex Minkin

    i, for one, welcome our technocratic corporate overlords and their complete censorship of anything that could be construed as even modestly insulting.

  3. Don Barnard Avatar
    Don Barnard

    Or they could warn the crybaby snowflakes not to read it….

    1. Alexander DiMauro Avatar
      Alexander DiMauro

      What an awful comment. You obviously have no clue about how big of a problem bullying is. The number of people, many of them kids, dying every year because of bullying. And insensitive people like you calling them ‘crybaby snowflakes’ is the reason why the problem gets worse, not better, every year.

  4. Barbara Livieri Avatar
    Barbara Livieri

    Good lord, what will they think of next?

  5. Vincent Reyna Avatar
    Vincent Reyna

    hopefully it’ll sensor snob photography comments like gentle CC or how they would have done it/how it should have been done.