Instagram to Filter Spam,
June 30, 2017
is adding a new feature to automatically block any comments that
are clearly spam or harassment.
The new filters will track comments that are obviously spam or
vulgar harassment and block and remove them. Users will still be
able to delete or report other comments or turn comments off on
The filter blocking "toxic" comments will first be unveiled in
English, but Instagram says it hopes to expand it to more
languages over time.
The second filter blocking obvious spam will be introduced in a
number of languages including English, Spanish, Portuguese,
Arabic, French, German, Russian, Japanese, and Chinese.
company said in a blog post, "Many of you have told us that
toxic comments discourage you from enjoying Instagram and
expressing yourself freely. To help, we’ve developed a filter
that will block certain offensive comments on posts and in live
video. You can turn this filter off in the “...” settings menu
from the profile and scroll to tap “Comments.” We’ll launch this
in English first, but will offer it in more languages over time.
The spam filter removes any obvious spam in comments written in
English, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, French, German, Russian,
Japanese and Chinese.
These filters are powered by machine learning, trained by our
team to recognize certain types of offensive and spammy comments
so you never have to see them. They will improve over time,
enabling the community’s experience to improve as well.
Our work is far from finished and perfect, but I hope we’re
helping you feel safer and more welcome on Instagram."