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Instagram knows it has a bullying problem. Instagram would also like you to know that it knows it has a bullying problem, and that it’s doing something about it.

This week, as announced in a Time exclusive feature on Instagram’s “war on bullying,” Instagram is launching tests of two features: comment warnings and a restrict option. The first is a comment warning, which can supposedly detect offensive or “borderline” content as a user is typing, then prompt them to reconsider before they post. In a press release sent on Monday, Instagram head Adam Mosseri wrote that early tests had shown the feature encouraging “some people to undo their comment and share something less hurtful once they had a chance to reflect.” (Instagram did not immediately return a request to share specific numbers.)

The company has been working toward something like this for a long time. The first comment and emoji filter debuted in the summer of 2016, rolled out first to help Taylor Swift remove thousands of snake emoji from the comments on her page; it was made available to the public that September. Automated “offensive comment” filtering launched in June 2017, followed by automated “bullying comment” filtering in May 2018. Machine learning filters were applied to images and captions as well in October 2018, the day before the Atlantic published a report on Instagram’s raging bullying problem — which detailed how teenagers create cruel parody accounts and post anonymously on secondary burner accounts.

The second feature is called Restrict. It allows users to identify their personal bullies without banning them — something that user research found is important to teens, who often have no choice but to interact with people they hate in real life. When an account is set as restricted, users have the ability to review comments the restricted account attempts to post on their content, choosing to approve it, delete it, or leave it in a limbo state where only the restricted poster can see it. The comment will also first show up behind a “sensitivity screen,” meaning the user will have to tap to see it. Messages from restricted accounts will go to the “message requests” section of a user’s DMs rather than the main inbox

There is a precise term for this already. It’s a shadow ban, a moderation technique as old as forums, in which a user is prevented from posting publicly but still believes they are. The idea is that, when the user becomes frustrated that their vitriolic posts are getting no engagement, because nobody can see them, they’ll give up (and maybe leave).

The main difference here is that, though the goal of the feature is to limit exposure to a bully without banning them — which they can see and may use as cause for escalating a conflict — it will still be pretty easy to figure out if someone has restricted your account. The tell is the new tagging feature embedded in Restrict. Typically, when a user posts a photo, Instagram suggests accounts to tag based on your previous interactions, and it fills in the rest of a username once you start typing the first couple of letters. If you want to tag someone who has set you as a restricted account, you have to type out their entire handle letter by letter. Testing to see if someone had used the restriction feature on you would be incredibly simple, then, and take only a few seconds to confirm.

Mosseri, the former head of product who took over Instagram when co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger abruptly left the company last September, is framing his reign as a new era of anti-bullying. “We are in a pivotal moment. We want to lead the industry in this fight,” he told Time. He also said, “We will make decisions that mean people use Instagram less.” But Instagram is obligated to expand, especially now that Facebook’s user growth is on the rocks, so this won’t include encouraging fewer people to use Instagram at all.

A couple of months ago, I attended a press briefing at Facebook’s New York offices, where many of these ideas were presented to a room full of technology journalists using almost the exact same phrases that Time includes in its report:

The company is trying to build artificial intelligence that is capable of rooting out complex behaviors — ranging from identity attacks to betrayals — that make users feel victimized. That will likely take years. In the meantime, the company is developing ways for users to fight this scourge themselves, with the assistance of machines.

The word “betrayal” was one I found particularly challenging at the press briefing. The example given to us then — and repeated in the Time piece — was a teenage boy tagging his ex-girlfriend in photos of himself with other girls. The term “intentional FOMO” is used in the Time piece (in the briefing it was referred to as “intentionally induced FOMO”), and it’s defined using the same example I heard, of a girl tagging a bunch of friends in a photo, purposely excluding someone else.

Both of these ideas — though you can think of clear-cut examples — are so vague and, simultaneously, so nuanced, that they can only really be understood as “human behavior in general.” The idea that Instagram might be able to use machine learning to control and mediate feelings of being excluded, or less-than, or no longer as important to someone as you used to be, is dubious mostly because Instagram is an image-sharing platform: Those kinds of behaviors are what Instagram is for, as much or more than it is for posting ur-happy moments that nobody in your life will take issue with or feel threatened by.

While these steps are interesting and hopefully useful, there’s no real solution to teenagers making each other feel bad on Instagram because teenagers are very, very good at making each other feel bad, and a platform that is fundamentally about boasting is a catalyst for that, no matter what.

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16 Striking Photos That Can Touch Your Heart

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Photos keep our memories safe and every time we look at them we can immerse ourselves in the moments that have been captured in them. They can also help us to understand what’s really important in this world. And it doesn’t matter whether these photos are from your personal album or belong to somebody else. Their messages, feelings, and emotions can be perceived in one glance.

Here at Bright Side, we believe that the following photos will really touch your heart.

This couple has battled leukemia for 15 years since they were children. Now they’re husband and wife.

This fireman gave a cat that got hurt in a fire mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and saved it.

“My dad, who has dementia, trying to remember my name”

His owner passed away but the dog continues to sit near his bed and wait.

This is what depression looks like over 24 hours.

Have you ever seen a blind dog enjoying the sounds of a lake?

An Iranian girl cheers for her favorite football team from behind the fence since Iranian women aren’t allowed into stadiums.

“My mom painted dementia.”

When all you have is memories:

The 3 social classes in The Philippines in one photo

“My buddy, a glass blowing artist, used my dad’s ashes to make a keepsake marble I can take with me anywhere.”

“She gave me the best 11 years of her life and I can only hope that I was able to do the same thing for her.”

“A year ago, my little sister left this world. This weekend her heart recipient met my mom and shared her heart beat.”

“The moment your dog comes out of the fire you thought he died in”

“3 months ago we were told our newborn was blind. 2 weeks ago we found out the doctors were wrong. Today, she got her glasses.”

“I’m just so proud of you!”

Today my daughter graduated from pre-K. After the ceremony, my son walked up to her and gave her a hug. “I’m just so proud of you,” he said. Then, of course, my daughter started crying. As we wiped away our tears, my husband asked her, “Pumpkin, why are you crying?” She responded, “I’m just so happy.”

Each photo has its own story. Which of them touched you the most?

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Komünist Başkan, Aldığı Kararla Sosyal Medyada Trend Topic Oldu

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Mehmet Fatih Maçoğlu’nun belediye başkanı olduğu Tunceli Belediyesi Meclisi, ‘Tunceli’ yazan belediye tabelasının ‘Dersim’ olarak değiştirilmesine karar verdi. Bu karar sonrası Maçoğlu, sosyal medyada Trend Topic oldu.

Tunceli Belediye Başkanı TKP’li Fatih Mehmet Maçoğlu başkanlığında belediye meclis üyeleri toplantısında alınan kararla Tunceli Belediyesi tabelasının ‘Dersim Belediyesi’ olarak değiştirilmesi kararı alındı. Karar tartışma yaratırken ‘DersimdeğilTunceli’ etiketi sosyal medyada Trend Topic oldu.

BELEDİYEDEN AÇIKLAMA YAPILDI

Belediyeden yapılan açıklamada Dersim ibaresiyle birlikte Zazaca ve Türkçe beleriye hizmetleri verileceği duyuruldu. Açıklamada şöyle denildi: “Kentimizin kültürü, tarihi ve inanç biçimini yaşatmak adına belediyemiz hizmet binasında bulunan tabelada yazılı ‘Tunceli’ ibaresinin değiştirilerek yerine ‘Dersim’ ibaresinin yazılması oy çokluğuyla kabul edildi. Haber

https://www.haberler.com/komunist-baskan-aldigi-kararla-sosyal-medyada-12077127-haberi/

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15 Random People Who Look So Much Like Celebrities, You May Want to Take a Photo With Them

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It’s not an easy goal to meet a real celebrity in our everyday life. Sometimes they are too busy with their activities or simply prefer to avoid public places. But when you see one right in front of you, don’t be too quick to jump over the moon and ask for a photo. Try to check their IDs first, because we are ready to show you that there are too many ordinary people who look just like stars and who probably wouldn’t miss a chance to pose and giggle afterward.

We at Bright Side compared photos of celebrities to their clones to demonstrate that this isn’t a joke. IDs first, photos after.

15. Kylie Jenner and Kristen Hancher, but which is which?

14. “My dad actually does Jack Nicholson lookalike work in Hollywood as a hobby.”

13. Breaking news! It seems Kim Kardashian has cloned herself.

12. “This fella lives in my house. I think James Franco and he follow each other on Instagram.”

11. “My sister always gets asked if she’s Julia Stiles.”

10. Nope, those aren’t just 2 pictures of Steve Buscemi!

9. Here’s chance for those who are upset that Michael Fassbender is married.

8. We’re just interested to see if Meghan Trainor’s double has the same talents.

7. We know this is pretty unexpected for Taylor Lautner, but we can’t unsee it.

6. This girl claims that she gets compared to Katy Perry daily.

5. When Chuck Norris is on vacation.

4. “Never mind, I’ll find someone like Adele.”

3. If Cobie Smulders doesn’t want to shoot How I Met Your Mother 10, there’s a perfect replacement out there.

2. Wait, so you’re saying that isn’t Zooey Deschanel on the right?

1. Even Zach Galifianakis and Jonah Hill can see this resemblance.

Do you have any friends who look exactly like movie stars? Show us their photos!

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