Instagram Launching New Bully Filter to Protect Users from Harassment
On Tuesday, Instagram announced that it will be rolling out a major new piece of its anti-bullying initiative: a bully filter, which aims to protect users from harassment by weeding out hateful comments left on the photo-sharing app. Instagram said it would be doing a massive review of the 800 million accounts on the site, looking specifically for accounts that have a large number of comments filtered out. Accounts that violate Instagram’s terms of service may be banned. The filter is the second phase in a plan that launched last year when the company allowed users the option to hide hurtful comments by flipping a switch.
“This new filter hides comments containing attacks on a person’s appearance or character, as well as threats to a person’s well-being or health,” Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom wrote in a blog post. “The bullying filter is on for our global community and can be disabled in the Comment Controls center in the app. The new filter will also alert us to repeated problems so we can take action.”
Systrom also said that the impetus for making this change involves wanting to protect younger Instagram users, especially those with public profiles (like student activists and celebrities) and that the platform was designed for inclusion and joy. But just how they’re doing the monitoring may still need the bugs worked out.
To review its users’ account activity, Instagram will be using DeepText, a bot developed by Facebook to help root out hateful language by monitoring and data mining everything users write on the site. DeepText is the bot behind Facebook’s decision to lock women out of their accounts late last year for calling men “scum” or “trash” in the wake of the #MeToo movement, at a moment when many women were taking to social media to share painful stories of misogyny at the hands of men.
DeepText’s impact on Instagram remains to be seen, but Systrom is hopeful that the changes the company has rolled out will help promote harmony on the popular platform.
“Since Mike and I founded Instagram, it’s been our goal to make it a safe place for self-expression and to foster kindness within the community.,” he concludes in his blog post. “This update is just the next step in our mission to deliver on that promise.”
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)