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What’s new — A research team from the University of Aston in the U.K. has launched a new app this month called “” which is designed to proactively protect children and adolescents from a potential barrage of online harassment.

What if there was an A.I. that could keep you from making a fool of yourself in a company-wide email? In the future, a new app called BullStop designed to detect cyberbullying and harassment could do just that.

What’s new — A research team from the University of Aston in the U.K. has launched a new app this month called “” which is designed to proactively protect children and adolescents from a potential barrage of online harassment. This app is and currently restricted to only evaluating and blocking messages on Twitter. In the future, , a Ph.D. student at Aston and the project’s lead researcher, tells Inverse that they plan to expand the scope of the app to other social media platforms and even more bespoke environments like individual workplaces.

There is not currently published research on this project, but Salawu says to expect several papers by the end of 2020.

What’s the history — For many people across the world, especially teens and young adults, social media platforms like Twitter, Instagram and now TikTok have become an essential place for socializing, communicating and, unfortunately, harassing. While in-person bullying a few decades ago was not necessarily less brutal than the digital harassment of today, that type of harassment often had a time limit enforced by when school or extracurriculars stopped for the day.

The suicide of following harassment on the social media site Myspace helped mark a turning point in this new, ever-present, form of harassment. Meier’s death came just three years after the launch of Myspace. In more recent years, cyberbullying has also taken the lives of social media stars and influencers, including . This is predicted to only worsen during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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