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Blocking Offensive Comments and Reducing Spam in Instagram

Yesterday Instagram introduced two new tools to help keep Instagram a safe place:

  • a filter to block certain offensive comments
  • a spam filter

The tools will be constantly enhanced by means of a machine learning algorithm, making the Instagram user experience better as well.


Offensive Comments Filter

Instagram has developed the filter that will block certain offensive comments in posts and live videos, whereas other comments will appear as usual. You are still able to report and delete comments, or turn them off.

Likewise, you can always turn this filter off in the Comment Settings section.



The filter will be launched in English first, but more languages will be added over time.


Spam Filter

The spam filter looks for any obvious spam in comments blocking them from your posts and live videos. The filter will remove spam written in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, French, German, Russian, Japanese, and Chinese.

Both filters will soon be available in more languages as Instagram algorithms are developing.


Patrick Luk
June 30, 2017

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