In­sta­gram en­lists AI to fil­ter nasty com­ments

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IN­STA­GRAM said it is us­ing ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence to fil­ter nasty com­ments and spam at the pop­u­lar Face­book-owned photo-shar­ing ser­vice.

The move comes as Face­book and other In­ter­net com­pa­nies work to curb trolls, hate speech and the spread of vi­o­lent ide­ol­ogy on their plat­forms.

“Many of you have told us that toxic com­ments dis­cour­age you from en­joy­ing In­sta­gram and ex­press­ing your­self freely,” co-founder and chief ex­ec­u­tive Kevin Sys­trom said in a blog post.

“To help, we’ve de­vel­oped a fil­ter that will block cer­tain of­fen­sive com­ments on posts and in live video.”

Writ­ten re­marks will other­wise ap­pear as usual at In­sta­gram, and users can opt to turn off the new fil­ters.

The of­fen­sive-com­ment fil­ter will launch first in English, with other lan­guages even­tu­ally added, ac­cord­ing to Sys­trom.

In­sta­gram said that the fil­ter scan­ning for spam is de­signed to work in Ara­bic, Chi­nese, English, French, Ger­man, Ja­panese, Por­tuguese, Rus­sian and Span­ish.

“Our team has been train­ing our sys­tems for some time to recog­nise cer­tain types of of­fen­sive and spammy com­ments so you never have to see them,” Sys­trom said.

“The tools will im­prove over time.”

Face­book, Mi­crosoft, Twit­ter and YouTube also an­nounced the launch of an anti-ter­ror part­ner­ship aimed at thwart­ing the spread of ex­trem­ist con­tent on­line.

The Global In­ter­net Fo­rum to Counter Ter­ror­ism in­tends to share engi­neer­ing, re­search and knowl­edge to help “con­tinue to make our hosted con­sumer ser­vices hos­tile to ter­ror­ists and vi­o­lent ex­trem­ists,” the com­pa­nies said.

Each of the tech­nol­ogy giants has been work­ing in­di­vid­u­ally to pre­vent its plat­forms or ser­vices from be­ing used to pro­mote or spread ex­trem­ist views. — AFP

The AI is ex­pected to im­prove over time at fil­ter­ing of­fen­sive com­ments. — 123rf.com

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