AI-driven moderation in social apps

Posted on July 4, 2017 by


What could be better, right? Finally, a fine example of applied AI that doesn’t feel threatening!

Instagram recently implemented this and sure, this sounds like a win-win:

  • applying AI within a practical and useful context that
  • aims to mitigate online meanness and negativity within the app’s social ethos.

But why does it all sound too good to be true. Let’s explore:

Q1 Do you think this is a good idea: moderating raw negative commentary in social apps? Why/why not?

Q2 What are the potential benefits “censoring” content online in this context?

Q3 How could this feature backfire?

Q4 What “applied AI” topic would you like to explore for our next chat? Why?