Instagram Taking Steps to Stop Bullying Online

Instagram Taking Steps to Stop Bullying Online

Do you think it’s too late for social media to try to contain bullying?

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This month, Instagram launched two new anti-bullying features to their social media platform. One feature wants to encourage positive interactions, it uses an AI to flag when a comment or a post might be offensive. If flagged it asks, “are you sure you want to post this?”

Although a prompt popping up and asking a bully to reconsider might not do much, people are hopeful. Ross Ellis, the CEO of national anti-bullying organization Stomp Out Bullying told MarketWatch says, “The comment feature is encouraging because it gives kids food for thought.”

They hope when a bully sees this it will give them time to reflect and not post the offensive comment.

“With the comment feature, if it’s true cyberbullying, kids may think ‘hell yes’ when it asked them if they are sure they want to post,” Sheri Bauman, a professor at the University of Arizona said. “I think it could prevent a few comments, but I don’t think it’s likely to have a huge impact.”

The other new feature wants to protect your account from unwanted integrations with restrict. When faced with harassment or an offensive comment from a continuous bully, instead of reporting the user, another option pops up to be able to restrict them. Instagram has learned that teens might not want to block their bully because it could make the situation worse. The feature doesn’t notify someone if they’ve been restricted. Once restricted only that user and you are able to see their comments.

According to TIME, almost 80% of teens have Instagram and more than half have been bullied online. The company is trying to find a balance between too much restrictions that feel invasive and not doing enough.

“I do worry that if we’re not careful, we might overstep,” Head of Instagram, Adam Mosseri said to TIME. “We will make decisions that mean people use Instagram less, if it keeps people more safe.”

Social media makes for easy, anonymous bullying. People can create multiple hate pages specifically to bully and harass others. Instagram doesn’t want to lose users over being bullied so they’ve been trying to monitor nasty comments since 2016. According to Pew Research Center, 59% of teens have been cyberbullied and the most common type is name-calling.

“There is no place for bullying on Instagram, and we are committed to fostering a kind and supportive community. Any form of online abuse on Instagram runs completely counter to the culture we’re invested in- a platform where everyone should feel safe and comfortable sharing their lives through photos and videos,” an Instagram spokesperson told The Atlantic.

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

Do you think it’s too late for social media to try to contain bullying?

51% Never too late
49% Time has passed
54% Never too late
46% Time has passed
44% Never too late
56% Time has passed

Never too late

Time has passed

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