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Instagram Has a New Filter for Posts: Spam

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Jun 29, 2017, 8:16 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @zeman_e

Instagram today introduced two tools it hopes will help reduce toxic and spammy comments on users' posts. First, Instagram is adding a filter to block offensive comments that might be made on posts and videos. The filter is able to see a series of comments deemed appropriate or offensive and block them automatically. Instagram says other comments will appear as normal, and users will still be able to report or delete offensive comments, as well as turn off commenting altogether. The offensive comment filter is available in English first and will expand to more languages over time. Second, Instagram is adding a legit spam filter for comments. The spam filter looks for obvious spam and will prevent it from appearing in posts. The spam filter can handle bad comments in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, French, German, Russian, Japanese, and Chinese. Instagram says both these tools rely on a combination of machine learning and input from its team. Instagram expects the filters to improve over time as it adds languages and tweaks the algorithms involved.



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