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Instagram Strives To Tackle Bullying By Removing “Likes” Counter

by | November 11, 2019

Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri has announced plans to remove the “likes” feature on the social network in a bid to help tackle bullying.

Speaking last Friday at Wired25, a two-day tech event in San Francisco, Mosseri explained that the change is designed to alleviate the sense of competition the “likes” function can create.

“We will make decisions that hurt the business if they are good for people’s well-being and health because it has to be good for the business in the long-run” promised Mosseri.

International organization Children and Screens: Institute of Digital Media and Child Development has been asking that the social media giant implements this feature across the US.

“The business of Instagram operates on a numbers game. Children and adolescents are being co-opted into participating by psychological persuasion techniques that are used in gambling” stated Dr. Pamela Hurst-Della Pietra, the founder of Children and Screens.

The change has been tested internationally over the last few months and will now come into effect in certain parts of the US.

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Keeping Children Safe On Instagram

Instagram has rolled out several updates this year to keep young users safe online.

One such feature, powered by artificial intelligence, alerts users when they are posting a comment that could be considered offensive. Instagram says “this intervention gives people a chance to reflect and undo their comment and prevents the recipient from receiving the harmful comment notification.”

Another feature, known as Restrict, gives users the ability to limit interactions with other people without having to block or unfollow them.

“We are committed to leading the industry in the fight against online bullying, and we are rethinking the whole experience of Instagram to meet that commitment” promised the social networking site.

Do you think Instagram is going far enough to protect children? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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