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Instagram to Filter Spam, Harassment

June 30, 2017

Instagram 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 certain posts.

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.

The 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."

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