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Instagram now filters out abusive, hate speech comments in Indonesian

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Sun, December 16, 2018  /  09:01 am
Instagram now filters out abusive, hate speech comments in Indonesian

The comment filter was first introduced in October 2016 to filter comments in English on Feed. (Shutterstock/Ink Drop)

Photo-sharing platform Instagram has launched a new feature that filters comments in Indonesian.

The feature, developed with machine-learning technology, automatically filters and hides comments of an inappropriate nature. It is an effort to maintain Instagram as a safe place for expression, tempo.co reported.

Instagram’s community guidelines ban bullying on the platform. The feature filters abusive comments and notifies Instagram of repetitive aggressive behavior, so that the platform can take immediate action.

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The feature also filters comments containing hate speech, especially toward particular religious or ethnic groups. The two other comment categories filtered are those with sexually abusive language and spam.

The comment filter was first introduced in October 2016 to filter comments in English on Feed. In June 2017, eight new languages, namely Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, French, German, Russian, Japanese and Mandarin, were included. It was developed further in October to filter comments on Feed, Profile and Instagram Live.

Instagram encourages its users to help report inappropriate posts and comments to Instagram. Users can do so by tapping on the three dots at the top right corner of a post, or swiping left and tapping the exclamation mark on a comment. (iru/kes)