Instagram Has a New Filter for Posts: Spam
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.
Google's Travel Apps Add Support for More Languages and Countries
Sep 7, 2017
Even though the summer travel season has largely ended, Google this week expanded Google Trips, Google Flights, and Google Destinations to a more international audience thanks to new languages and availability. For example, Google Destinations is now available in 14 new languages, including Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Filipino, Hungarian, Indonesian, Japanese, Lithuanian, Malaysian, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovakian, and Slovenian.
Apple Announces iOS 11 with Person-to-Person Apple Pay
Jun 5, 2017
Apple today debuts iOS 11, its next-generation mobile operating system. Starting with messages, iOS 11 introduces improved discoverability for stickers and emoji.
Opera Debuts VPN for iPhone and iPad
May 9, 2016
Opera Software today launched a free VPN for iOS devices that allows iPhone and iPad owners to browse the web more securely and access what might be prohibited content when using managed networks. The VPN removes ad trackers for privacy purposes and supports virtual locations (U.S., Canada, Germany, Singapore, and the Netherlands), which should let people get around some region-based restrictions.
Instagram Adds Filter to Comments
Sep 12, 2016
Instagram users can now filter out offensive words in comments. The company is rolling out a new tool that allows users to list words they find offensive.
Google Extends Neural Machine Translation to More Tongues
Mar 7, 2017
Google has updated its Google Translate service and made it possible to generate higher-quality translations for a handful of new languages. Specifically, Google has applied its neural machine translation technique to Hindi, Russian, and Vietnamese.