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Instagram flags photo captions that appear offensive or abusive

Instagram will now flag photo captions that it feels are offensive or abusive.

The Facebook-owned social media app announced earlier this year that they were using AI to let people know when they were not happy with their choice of comments, and now after getting such good feedback, they are now using it on the text users place under their photos or videos on the platform.

The new tool is called Caption Warning, which will pop up and ask the user if they really want to post their caption if it appears to contain bullying language.

The warning reads: "This caption looks similar to others that have been reported."

The latest tool is just one of many ways the firm is working to tackle Cyberbullying.

In October, they removed the Following tab, and they've also trialled the removal of the likes counter.

Instagram introduced the Following feature in 2011 as a way of users keeping tabs on what other users are liking and following, but they decided to axe the function two months ago as it's just not being used by many.

A spokesperson for the company said: "We're always working to make Instagram the best space to connect with the people and things you love.

"While this includes introducing new features, it also means removing old ones that may no longer be useful.

"Starting today, we will begin removing the 'Following' tab. This leaves the 'You' tab which will now be known as 'Activity.'"

And the photo-sharing app chose Canada to trial not displaying the number of taps on the like button in a bid to move the focus to people's content and not how much interaction they get.

They said at the time: "Later this week, we're running a test in Canada that removes the total number of likes on photos and video views in Feed, Permalink pages and Profile.

"We are testing this because we want your followers to focus on the photos and videos you share, not how many likes they get.

"The small percentage of Canadian users in the test will see a notice atop their feed warning them of 'a change to how you see Likes'."

The test came after Instagram boss Adam Mosseri announced at Facebook's F8 conference that they want to lead the way with regards to beating online bullying.

Other tools they've createed include a "nudge" feature to let users know they are typing a comment and an 'Away Mode' which enables people to switch off from using the app and stop getting notifications temporarily rather than having to remove the whole app.

There will also be a 'Manage Interactions' function to set unique limits for different people to control what aspects of their Instagram account they want their followers to see.

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