Bullstop: An App to fight against Social Media Bullying


Computer scientists have developed an app named ‘Bullstop’ that uses artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms to fight to troll and bullying happening online. The scientists from Aston University in the UK reported that this app is the only anti-cyberbullying app that merges directly to social media platforms to protect users from bullies and trolls messaging them directly.

Anyone can download the app from Google Playstore. It is free of cost.“This application differs from other apps because the use of artificial intelligence to detect cyberbullying is unique in itself,” said Semiu Salawu, who designed Bullstop.

“Other anti-cyberbullying apps, in comparison, use keywords to detect instances of bullying, inappropriate or threatening language,” Salawu added.

App developer revealed that the AI is trained in over 60,000 tweets to recognize the abusive and offensive language.“It uses a distributed cloud-based architecture that makes it possible for ‘classifiers’ to be swapped in and out. Therefore, as better artificial intelligence algorithms become available, they can be easily integrated to improve the app,” Salawu explained.

‘Bullstop’ monitors user’s social media profile and scans for offensive incoming messages, to make sure that the user is not subject to incoming abuse, as well as offensive outgoing messages.

This works on the basis of an algorithm that is designed to understand written languages. It reads messages and pops up offensive content like instances of cyberbullying, abusive, insulting or threatening language, pornography, and spam.

Offensive messages can be immediately deleted from the user’s inbox.

The app can automatically block contacts who send offensive messages often. A copy of deleted messages is backed up when the users wish to retain them.

Bullstop is highly useful and friendly app that allows users to determine how effectively the app removes inappropriate messages.

At present the app supports twitter.It is expected that the continuous usage of the app and positive feedback’s, other social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram will collaborate with it and makes their users to benefit from the application.

“It has already been tested by a number of young people and professionals, including teachers, police officers, and psychologists,” the authors quoted.