‘Caption Warning’ Feature Introduced by Instagram to Combat Bullying

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After recently providing power to its users in restricting bullies on its platform, Instagram has now extended its anti-bullying tool to hurtful captions on photos and videos. Now, if someone bullies you on an Instagram caption on your photos or videos, it will immediately be flagged with a notification: “This caption looks similar to others that have been reported”. The user will then be given the option to either revise the message or share it anyway.

The “Caption Warning” feature is yet another step to prevent cyberbullying on Instagram. Instagram in October rolled out “Restrict” feature globally which allows users to stop people who bully them via offensive posts or abusive comments.

In order to restrict someone, all you need to do is swipe left on a comment, through the Privacy tab in Settings, or directly on the profile of the account you intend to restrict. Once Restrict is enabled, comments on your posts from a person you have restricted will be visible to that person only. You can choose to view the comment by tapping “See Comment”; approve the comment so everyone can see it, delete it or ignore it.

Direct messages will automatically move to Message Request, and users will not receive notifications from a restricted account.

Instagram also announced that they will be restricting people under age 18 from viewing posts from celebrity influencers that promote cosmetic surgery and various weight-loss products. The company is using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to detect bullying and other types of harmful content in comments, photos and videos.

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