Instagram announces new steps to prevent cyberbullying

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Instagram announced Monday that it will be taking more steps to prevent cyberbullying.

The company says it will use artificial intelligence to hopefully reduce the amount of cyberbullying. Instagram says the new AI engine will monitor photos and text on Instagram, looking for inappropriate content.

In some cases, the app will even warn users before they post a comment that could be inappropriate, saying things like "Are you sure you want to post that?"

Adam Mosseri, the head of Instagram, wrote in a blog post, "... 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."

Cyberbullying experts on Long Island praise the new technology, adding that they know it won't eliminate cyberbullying but could help reduce it. They say between 30 and 40 percent of children have been affected by some sort of cyberbullying.

"The fact is, this technology gives kids a moment in time to think between whatever the trigger is and whatever the response is, and can give them that moment and ask themselves, 'Is this my best self? Is this kind? Is this true? Is this necessary?'" says Patti Cathers, a cyberbullying expert.

Syosset mother Sandra Arroyo says despite the new efforts, she isn't convinced and isn't ready for her 15-year-old son to be on social media just yet. Plainview teenager Tatiana Diaz-Flores says when bad things are said about her on social media, she tries to not let it bother her, but she has friends who have been devastated by mean comments.

Cyberbullying experts say that pause before posting won't just prevent bullying on younger people, but it could also help adults who could become victims of cyberbullying as well.

Instagram says the anti-bullying features are now rolling out to users.

 

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