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Instagram Rolls Out New Tool To Allow Users Block Unwanted Comments

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With reports of social media harassments and bullying that have plagued many, social media sites have all taken steps to give victims power to block such people. Instagram which now has over 500 million users came out with an announcement from co-founder Kevin Systrom which you can see below;

#Reposting @instagram with @instarepost_app -- A Note from Kevin Systrom (@kevin): When Mike and I first created Instagram, we wanted it to be a welcoming community where people could share their lives. Images have the ability to inspire and bring out the best in us, whether they are funny, sad or beautiful. Over the past five years, I’ve watched in wonder as this community has grown to 500 million, with stories from every corner of the world. With this growth, we want to work diligently to maintain what has kept Instagram positive and safe, especially in the comments on your photos and videos. The beauty of the Instagram community is the diversity of its members. All different types of people — from diverse backgrounds, races, genders, sexual orientations, abilities and more — call Instagram home, but sometimes the comments on their posts can be unkind. To empower each individual, we need to promote a culture where everyone feels safe to be themselves without criticism or harassment. It’s not only my personal wish to do this, I believe it’s also our responsibility as a company. So, today, we’re taking the next step to ensure Instagram remains a positive place to express yourself. The first feature we’re introducing is a keyword moderation tool that anyone can use. Now, when you tap the gear icon on your profile, you’ll find a new Comments tool. This feature lets you list words you consider offensive or inappropriate. Comments with these words will be hidden from your posts. You can choose your own list of words or use default words we’ve provided. This is in addition to the tools we’ve already developed such as swiping to delete comments, reporting inappropriate comments and blocking accounts. We know tools aren’t the only solution for this complex problem, but together we can work toward keeping Instagram a safe place for self-expression. My commitment to you is that we will keep building features that safeguard the community and maintain what makes Instagram a positive and creative place for everyone. To learn more about comments on Instagram, check out help.instagram.com. Kevin Systrom CEO & Co-founder, Instagram

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The idea according to Mr Systrom is create a safe environment for environment for everyone on Instagram and one of the ways to achieve this is to allow users now hide comments they deem inappropriate. The announcements also says comments from followers will now come first before others regardless of when they were posted apparently.

In addition to hiding comments, they can also be deleted. You can also report such to the social media company and have them blocked eventually.

See pictures below to enable the feature;

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All you have to do is click on the gear icon in your profile and slide the comments tool to turn it on or off.

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