After the just concluded Euro 2020, racist attacks were charged at Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka and Jadon Sancho in the comment sections on their Instagram pages; which woke concerns regarding Instagram not making attempts to flag down provocative comments.
Instagram head explained that the technologies in use that were meant to trash such comments were misconstruing most of the comments as not posing any serious threats even though they were quite damaging.
Adam Mosseri, boss of Instagram, further explained that these issues were under rectification after reports concerning the disturbing situation were made on the platform and instead were met with a notification stating that such comments were not against Instagram’s standard.
He states, nonetheless, that it is still a work in progress as the use of particular slurs and emojis that can be considered racist would need contextual references before they can be flagged down to also not instigate extreme censoring.
On Saka’s page, in particular, a lot more racist comments portrayed with the use of the monkey and orangutan emojis are not yet reported.
Mosseri states that although translating emojis can be quite challenging, it should not be perceived that Instagram is a platform for hate speeches and racist attacks and emojis among its users; he hopes that users help by not employing implicating expressions.
Instagram is said to have a history of not properly moderating provoking remarks and use of language on the platform. The club, Liverpool, once lashed out at Instagram sometime in April for subjecting black players to racial attacks on the platform.
Users can be advised, nevertheless, to sort particular words they do not want to be permitted on their handle by going to settings and clicking on the Hidden Words tool.