Instagram announced two new features today as it is said, designed to combat online bullying.
In both cases, Facebook -owned the service seems to try to find ways to limit bad behavior without directly blocking posts or prohibiting users.
"We can do more to prevent bullying on Instagram, and we can do more to strengthen the goals of bullying to stand up for themselves," wrote the Instagram head Adam Mosseri in the announcement. "Today we are announcing a new feature in both areas. These tools are grounded in a deep understanding of how people bully each other and how they react to bullying on Instagram, but they are just two steps on a longer path."
The The first feature should use artificial intelligence to flag comments that can be considered offensive. In such cases, users are asked, "Are you sure you want to post this?" and then given the radio button to "undo" its comment before posting.
This may seem a relatively tough answer, especially because users can still continue and post the original comment if they want to, but Mosseri said that in early tests, the team found that the query "encourages someone to repress their comment and share something less harmful once you have had the opportunity to reflect. "
The second addition, which Mosseri said the service will start testing soon, is the ability to" restrict "users who looks at your account.  "We have heard from young people in society that they are reluctant to block, unollow or report their bully because it could escalate the situation, especially if they interact with their bully in reality," wrote Mosseri. 19659002] So by using this new option you can limit another user's interaction with your account without making it clear. If you restrict someone, their comments on your posts will only be visible to them, unless you approve a general purpose comment. They will also not be able to see if you are active on Instagram or if you have read their direct messages.
Mosseri described earlier versions of these features on Facebook's F8 developer conference in April.