CNET: Instagram is using AI to weed out bullying in photos, comments. “Instagram is taking action against bullying on its platform. On Tuesday, the Facebook-owned photo sharing network rolled out a machine-learning tool that detects bullying in photos and captions. If the AI tool deems a photo unkind or unwelcome, it will send the snap sent to Instagram’s community operations team for further review, according to a blog post.”
TechCrunch: Facebook rolls out new anti-bullying tools and an appeals process. “Facebook is introducing new tools to tackle online bullying, the company announced this morning. Specifically, it’s rolling out a way for people to hide or delete multiple comments at once from the options menu of a post, and is beginning to test new ways to more easily search and block offensive words from showing up in comments. It’s also rolling out a new way to report bullying on behalf of others and is offering the opportunity to appeal decisions related to bullying and harassment.”
Pew (no PEW PEW because I don’t like to joke about this): A Majority of Teens Have Experienced Some Form of Cyberbullying. “59% of U.S. teens have been bullied or harassed online, and a similar share says it’s a major problem for people their age. At the same time, teens mostly think teachers, social media companies and politicians are failing at addressing this issue.”
The Daily Beast: What It’s Like When Elon Musk’s Twitter Mob Comes After You. “Female journalists who cover Elon Musk have the same personal rule: Mention his name on Twitter at your peril. That’s because there is an army—mostly young, mostly white, almost entirely men—that marches behind him. These MuskBros, as we call them, make it their mission to descend on women who criticize Musk, and tear them to pieces. I know, because it has happened to me. More than once.” To be clear, Elon Musk himself has tweeted against this kind of behavior and while he’s sometimes acerbic in his tweets I can’t find any indication that he’s abusive. I can find no evidence that he is encouraging or initiating these attacks.
Stuff NZ: Teens create their own solutions to online harm developing free web app. “When Keryn Tubbs discovered an anonymous Instagram page set up at her high school to embarrass other students, she not only got the page got taken down, she got thinking. Tubbs, now a second year law student at Victoria University, is the brainchild behind a free web app, In Case of Online Negativity (ICON), which launched on Friday.”
EurekAlert: Young victims of cyberbullying twice as likely to attempt suicide and self-harm . “Children and young people under 25 who are victims of cyberbullying are more than twice as likely to self-harm and enact suicidal behavior, according to a study. New research suggests that it is not just the victims of cyberbullying that are more vulnerable to suicidal behaviours, but the perpetrators themselves are also at higher risk of experiencing suicidal thoughts and behaviours.”
The Verge: MIT has a new tool to combat online harassment: your friends. “In light of Facebook, Twitter, Discord, and other social media platforms’ struggles to combat online harassment, MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory has developed a new tool that might help. It proposes that instead of relying on platforms’ moderators, people start relying on their friends. The tool is called Squadbox, and it ‘friend-sources’ for moderators to filter messages and support people who are being harassed online.”