What you need to know
- Instagram is testing new anti-bullying features.
- One of the features uses AI and the other is in the user's control.
- The features should be available to everyone soon.
Instagram on Monday unveiled important new features designed to combat online bullying. One of the new tools, which will go into testing soon, will allow users to shadow ban followers.
According to Instagram, the Restrict feature will essentially shadow ban "unwanted interactions."
"Once you Restrict someone, comments on your posts from that person will only be visible to that person," said Adam Mosseri, Head of Instagram. "You can choose to make a restricted person's comments visible to others by approving their comments. Restricted people won't be able to see when you're active on Instagram or when you've read their direct messages."
Instagram said it's introducing the Restrict feature after talking to creators who said they're reluctant to block, unfollow, or report bullies for fear of escalating the situation.
Another feature being tested by Instagram will use AI to detect when harmful comments are being posted. When a user attempts to post a harmful comment, Instagram's AI will warn that the comment may be considered offensive.
"From early tests of this feature, 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," Mosseri said.
"We are committed to leading the industry in the fight against online bullying, and we are rethinking the whole experience of Instagram to meet that commitment," Mosseri added.
The Galaxy S20 Ultra's Space Zoom camera is amazing and a bit creepy
The Galaxy S20 Ultra supports up to 100X zoom, which Samsung calls Space Zoom, but is it any good? Can a phone really product usable photos at 100x zoom? We've got our Galaxy S20 Ultra already so join us to find out!
Win an iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch with the Reader's Choice giveaway!
What's the best phone of 2019? Is it the iPhone 11 Pro, Pixel 4 or OnePlus 7T? What about the best laptop, games console, tablet and more? Vote NOW in the Reader's Choice awards and win BIG in time for the holidays!
Here are the best products from IFA 2019!
Here are the products announced at IFA 2019 that were worthy of our Best of IFA 2019 awards. Also featuring MrMobile's single best product at the show!
Create the perfect conversation piece with a beautiful cross stitch pattern
Whether you're a beginner or a pro cross-stitcher, there is an endless number of patterns to keep you busy. Here are some of our top picks.