Today Instagram has rolled out video chat, new camera effects and topic channels on Explore for its Android and iOS apps. These features were originally announced at Facebook's F8 conference last month. And it comes on the heels of Instagram's introduction of IGTV and the 1 billion monthly active user milestone. Instagram has added video chat through the Instagram Direct messaging service. You can set up a video chat with an individual or a group by swiping into the Direct inbox and opening a message thread.
Instagram said on Tuesday that it has started using new technology capable of detecting online bullying in photos, a move that highlights efforts from tech companies to use artificial intelligence to moderate their platforms. "While the majority of photos shared on Instagram are positive and bring people joy, occasionally a photo is shared that is unkind or unwelcome," Adam Mosseri, the new head of Instagram, said in a press release. "We are now using machine learning technology to proactively detect bullying in photos and their captions and send them to our Community Operations team to review." Instagram's parent company, Facebook, also introduced its own anti-bullying tools this month. Those features allow users to remove "troll comments" from their feeds, with the options to delete or hide comments in "bulk" and report comments on behalf of the victim.
Instagram and its users do benefit from the app's ownership by Facebook, which invests tons in new artificial intelligence technologies. Now that AI could help keep Instagram more tolerable for humans. Today Instagram announced a new set of antii-cyberbullying features. Most importantly, it can now use machine learning to optically scan photos posted to the app to detect bullying and send the post to Instagram's community moderators for review. That means harassers won't be able to just scrawl out threatening or defamatory notes and then post a photo of them to bypass Instagram's text filters for bullying.
Google's Pixel and Pixel XL have proven to produce stunning photos and videos with their 12.3MP cameras. However, the cameras may not be free from flaws. A new issue has surfaced recently and it has something to do with how the Pixel cameras cause the camera app to lock and produce pink and purple lines on the screen. The new issue with the Pixel cameras is being reported by numerous users on Google's own forum page. The first post to report the issue was published back in late October, and now the forum thread is full of the same complaints, according to 9To5Google.