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Instagram implements an AI system to fight mean and harassing comments

Instagram implements an AI system to fight mean and harassing comments
From TechCrunch - June 29, 2017

Instagram is flipping the switch on a system that will automatically detect mean, offensive and harassing comments and make sure that people never see them. The new system is based on work that Facebook and Instagram have done with DeepText, a text classification engine meant to help machines interpret words as used in context to fight spam.

As Wired first reported, the Instagram system follows the social networks successful use of the tech to fight spam, which began in October of last year. After training the system with human input on how to ID spam, the team liked the results, though they arent saying exactly how much its implementation reduced spam versus previous methods.

Based on the success of that system, the team wanted to see if it could tackle an even stickier issue: mean-spirited, hateful and harassing comments. Perhaps youre familiar with the internet? If so, you might also be aware that it ends up providing the means of delivery for a lot of hurtful invective, hurled about with reckless abandon and little consideration for its ultimate impact.

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