Instagram, Facebook and Twitter struggle to contain the epidemic in online bullying

When was the last time you were shocked by a nasty comment on your favorite social-media site? It may help to know that you’re not alone.

Instagram FB, -0.03% this month launched two new features on its platform meant to prevent bullying. One feature asks users who try to post offensive comments to reconsider their choices before their comment goes live. The other allows individuals to restrict certain users. Restricted users will continue to be able to see and comment on posts from users who restricted them, but their comments will not be visible to the public.

Instagram, the app that was founded in 2010, says it developed the artificial intelligence (AI) features after hearing that young people are “reluctant to block, unfollow, or report their bully because it could escalate the situation, especially if they interact with their bully in real life,” the company said in a statement.

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