Instagram’s AI will now warn you before posting offensive captions

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Instagram is trying to make caption less toxic.
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In an effort to combat online bullying, Instagram is rolling out a new feature today that warns users when their captions might be considered offensive.

The new feature gives users the chance to pause and reconsider their words before posting, but it doesn’t completely prevent people from posting inappropriate captions.

This is what you can expect to see:

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The algorithm can detect language that’s a lot more malicious than just “you’re stupid.”
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When Instagram’s AI detects that a caption might be offensive, users are prompted to either change their caption or post it anyway. The feature works on both video and photo posts but not stories. Instagram rolled out a similar feature to detect offensive comments earlier this year.

In a blog post detailing the new feature, Instagram says that early results with the caption warning feature have been promising. Giving people these types of nudges encourages better behavior and educates users on the rules of the platform.

Instagram says the feature is rolling out in select countries today, though it didn’t give a list of which countries. More countries will get the feature in the next few months.