New Instagram Who Dis?: New Anti-bullying Restrictions

New Instagram Who Dis?: New Anti-bullying Restrictions

Instagram is rolling out a new anti-bullying measure, Restrict, which will help filter abusive comments. Do you think this will minimize bullying?

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Total Votes : 18

Scroll down to see how people across America voted.

It might be the middle of the year, but Instagram seems to be saying New Year, New Me, as recently the social media platform has chosen to hide like counts in select countries (Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Italy, Japan, and Brazil) in hopes to remove “pressure and judgment” from users.

Mia Garlick, Facebook Australia and New Zealand director of policy, has recently stated that the restrictions are to benefit users. “We hope this test will remove the pressure of how many likes a post will receive, so you can focus on sharing the things you love. This change can help people focus less on likes and more on telling their story.”

Not only is this trial being tested in select countries, in the U.S, artificial intelligence is being implanted to recognize the type of posts that are being reported as inappropriate, in order to prevent nasty comments, in hopes of eradicating bullying.

BBC reports that if a user states something along the lines of, “you are ugly and stupid,” Instagram will send a notification asking “are you sure you want to post this?” and if the user presses the “learn more” tab, they will be greeted by the comment, “We are asking people to rethink comments that seem similar to others that have been reported.”

With these comments, Instagram believes that it will cause the user to think twice about posting a negative comment, sharing, “we have found that it encourages some people to undo their comment and share something less hurtful once they have had a chance to reflect.”

On top of this, Instagram will also have another tool for anti-bullying called “Restrict” which instead of blocking the user, the user will be notified they were restricted, and the comment will only be shown to themselves and not in the public feed of others.

The comment that was directed to the other user’s feed will be solely viewed by the directed user and they will decide if the comment will appear on their feed, and Instagram further states, “Restricted people won’t be able to see when you’re active on Instagram or when you’ve read their direct messages.”

It seems that this year, Instagram is keen on expanding changes, in attempt to design a safer environment while in social media. The real question is if these measures will be enough to stop social trolls from bullying.


Here’s how people on the Zip app are weighing in on this all over the country!

Instagram is rolling out a new anti-bullying measure, Restrict, which will help filter abusive comments. Do you think this will minimize bullying?

Totals
13% Y – big step
87% N – won’t do much
Males
10% Y – big step
90% N – won’t do much
Females
21% Y – big step
79% N – won’t do much

Y – big step

N – won’t do much


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