In its effort to make the platform more inclusive with better user experience Instagram has announced a couple of new features designed to spread kindness in Stories and to tackle online bullying.
People are already equipped with tools to report hurtful behavior that leads to the removal of content that violates guidelines.
AI to Detect Bullying in Photos
The company is now utilizing machine learning (ML) technology to combat online bullying and bring more positivity to the network.
The new tool will help people proactively find bullying in photos and in captions. And when detected the bullying will automatically get reported to Instagram’s Community Operations team for review.
The company says occasionally some photos with this unkind type of behavior are shared and is unwelcome on the network. Now, this change will help them detect and significantly limit more bullying.
“[…]It’s a crucial next step since many people who experience or observe bullying don’t report it. It will also help us protect our youngest community members since teens experience higher rates of bullying online than others.,” stated Instagram
This new AI-powered bullying detection technology has started rolling out and will continue in the coming weeks.
Expansion of Bullying Comment Filter on Live Videos
Instagram’s bullying comment filter that proactively identifies and hides bullying comments from Feed, Explore and Profile, is now expanding to comments on live videos as well.
This feature is available across the globe on all live videos.
A lookup image of new bullying comment filter on Live Videos:
Kindness Camera Effect
The new camera effect created with Maddie Ziegler, an anti-bullying advocate, as the name suggests helps in spreading more positivity in Stories.
You can see image above the fold that shows Kindness Camera Effect.
The new kindness camera filter while using the rear camera will fill the screen with an overlay of “kind comments” in many languages.
Using the filter, with front-facing camera in selfie mode will fill the screen with hearts. The filter will also show a polite notification encouraging users to support friends by “tagging” them.
Those get tagged will receive a notification informing them that they were mentioned in a story, can then share it in their own story or spread it to others.
In order to start using this filter, users first have to follow Maddie, that will automatically give them access to the new camera effect.
Then open the camera by doing a swipe, at the bottom just tap the face icon and select the camera effect.
Alternatively, to get access to the camera effect users can look for people already using it in their stories and tap on “try it” button to add it to their camera.
These new features will be rolling out to users in the coming weeks in time to honor October’s National Bullying Prevention Month in the US, and just before the upcoming Anti-Bullying Week in the UK.
With school session back in the US, the company rolls out new ways to connect with friends on its network that include nametag, and school communities feature in the US.
to help students connect with others from their university right in the app. Whether you’re finding other fans at the football game or meeting classmates in your study group, both nametag and school communities make it easier to connect with new people.
Nametag, a customizable identification card offers an easy way to add friends by scanning others profile.
To use nametag, tap the three-line (hamburger) button on the profile page and choose “Nametag.”
They can be personalized with a touch on the screen or by tapping the button at the top to try other designs.
In order to scan others nametag, either swipe right into the camera, hover over a nametag and remain stay on-screen, or tap “Scan a nametag” when viewing own nametag.
Just press the arrow at the top right of own nametag to share it over text messages, or on Facebook and WhatsApp.
School Communities let students show their details and connect with other students. We’re testing this feature in a variety of schools across the US.
Get started by adding a few details on the profile listing like a university, class year, or other relevant groups.
Those with the same university can click to go to a directory listing of all the people to follow and message.
Messages from people who are not followed will go to “pending” inbox and can be accepted or decline.
People also now has an ability to message with GIFs in Instagram Direct. In a message thread, tapping on the new “GIF” button will open a library of latest trending GIFs powered by GIPHY.
A swipe will show all currently trending, or search a GIF by using keywords or phrases.
After completing typing in the search bar, tapping on the “random” will send a random GIF associated with the search query.
Other tools to help keep Instagram safe include a new feature that evaluates the authenticity of accounts with large followers; a global verification for notable public figures; and an improved two-factor authentication.
About This Account
This feature lets users view information about accounts with large audiences for evaluating the authenticity of those accounts.
Learn about an account by going to their Profile, and tap the three-dot menu and select “About This Account.”
The details shown will include a date of joining, account location, accounts with shared followers, any changes in username past year and ads currently running on the account.
Access to Verification
Accounts that reach large audiences and meet verification request criteria can apply for a blue verified badge.
To submit a request for verification head over to profile, and tap the menu icon, choose “Settings” at the bottom and then select “Request Verification.”
A user is required to provide their account username, full name and a copy of their legal or business identification for review to Instagram.
Once reviewed, a notification will show whether the request is confirmed or declined.
The company says requesting verification does not guarantee that an account will be verified and that they never request payment for verification or ask users to confirm their verification.
Third-Party Authenticator Apps Support
Users can now use their preferred authentication app by going their profile, tapping on the menu icon, and choose “Settings” and then select “Two-Factor Authentication” and selecting “Authentication App.”
Instagram will automatically find any installed authentication app and will send a login code to it. Adding this code on Instagram will turn the two-factor authentication on.
Otherwise, it will redirect you to the Apple App Store or Google Play Store to download the authenticator app.
Another new See when friends are online in DM will show a green dot next to contact’s profile picture when they are active on Instagram.
The green dot will appear within the app in Direct inbox and friend list when a post is shared from the feed.
It will show up for “who follow you” or “people who you have talked to in Direct.”
Additionally, a user can hide their own status and the ability to see when friends are active can be turn off in settings.
“You’re All Caught Up” in Feed will now appear when a user has seen every post from the last two days.
The feature will show posts that a user already has viewed along with posts that are past two days below the “You’re All Caught Up” message.
Recommended Posts in Feed currently in test brings an ability to view content a user may like on Instagram.
The recommended posts are displayed at the end of Feed, once a user views everything new from the people they follow or photos and videos they like.
A “Recommended For You” message when appearing offer to either view past posts or keep scrolling down for recommendations. A tap on the blue button will let follow them.
Music in Instagram Stories allows users to add a soundtrack to their story by tapping to add a sticker to a photo or video in Stories will show a new “music” icon.
Tapping this icon will open a library of thousands of songs to select, search, browse by mood, genre or what’s popular and tap the play button to hear a preview.
You can also choose a song before capturing a video.
Also, swiping to the new “Music” option under the record button in the camera will let select a song before capturing a video.
When the story is watched the song will start playing and a sticker will show song title and artist name.
Questions Sticker in Stories interactively shows when someone submits questions. A tap on the question will let create a new story to make the answer. The question will then appear on the story for context.
The response to a question will be available in the story’s viewers list.
In order to add a question sticker, just select a story from the sticker tray after taking a photo or video and the type out and place a prompt and share it to a story.
When followers see the sticker, they can tap it to reply as many times as they want, right from the sticker.
Video Chat in Instagram Direct provides a real-time private video experience together with friends and family seamlessly across iOS and Android without a phone number.
Start a video chat by swiping into the Direct inbox and open a message thread, then in the right tap the new camera icon. Also, minimizing the video will let multitask on Instagram that includes sending messages and photos in Direct, browsing your feed, posting a story and more.
Instagram also launched new tools for helping people to easily manage their time on Instagram as well as on Facebook.
The new tools include an activity dashboard, a daily reminder and a new way to limit notifications.
Tools can be accessed from the settings page by tapping “Your Activity” on Instagram, or tapping “Your Time on Facebook.”
A new dashboard at the top will show average time for that app on the device. Below the dashboard, a user can set a daily reminder to give an alert when the amount of time selected to spend on the app for that day is reached.
To change or cancel the reminder at any time, just tap on “Notification Settings” to access the new “Mute Push Notifications” setting. This will limit Instagram or Facebook notifications for a period of time.
Additionally, the Facebook News Feed receiving improvements that now show users most relevant posts with features such as See First, Hide, Unfollow, and Keyword Snooze.
While on Instagram, tools such as “You’re All Caught Up” message in Feed, keyword filtering, sensitivity screens, and offensive comment and bullying filters are launched as well.
Also, now when a user is mentioned by someone in their story will receive a notification in their Direct message thread with that person and an option to add that content to own story.
A tap on it will show that story as a sticker that can be scale, rotate and position it and add creative tools like text or stickers on to it.
Followers who see this story will also see the original poster’s username.