In order to safeguard its users from cyber harassment, Instagram has now lifted curtains off new features that mark the continuation of its effort to lead the industry in the fight against online bullying.
Firstly, Instagram rolled out a new feature to help people manage unwanted interactions at once. In a blog post, Instagram notified that “We know it can feel overwhelming to manage a rush of negative comments, so we’ve been testing the ability to delete comments in bulk, as well as block or restrict multiple accounts that post negative comments.”
Instagram further added that it has discovered that by managing unwanted interactions, people, especially with larger followings, are able to maintain a positive environment on their account.
Wondering how to enable this feature? Well, iOS users can simply tap on a comment and then the dotted icon in the top right corner. Now click on Select Manage Comments and choose up to 25 comments to delete at once. Tap More Options to block or restrict accounts in bulk. On the other hand, Android users can block or restrict accounts by pressing and holding on a comment, now tap the dotted icon and select Block or Restrict.
The second feature that Instagram introduced is highlighting positive comments. According to Facebook-owned photo-and-video-sharing social networking service: “In addition to removing negative comments, we want to give people an easy way to amplify and encourage positive interactions. Soon, we’ll begin testing Pinned Comments.”
Mind you! This feature gives Instagram users a way to set the tone for their account and engage with their community by pinning a select number of comments to the top of their comments thread.
Thirdly, Instagram users can now choose who can tag and mention them. In the blog post, Instagram asserted that it has observed that tags and mentions can be used to target or bully others. Therefore, the Facebook-owned social networking service has now introduced new controls that allow the user to manage who can tag or mention them on Instagram. Moreover, a user can choose whether he/she want everyone, only people they follow or no one to be able to tag or mention them in a comment, caption or Story.
In the fifth edition of our Community Standards Enforcement Report, Guy Rosen, VP Integrity at Facebook, said, “Facebook and Instagram to be places where people can express themselves and have a voice. To create the conditions where people feel comfortable expressing themselves, we must also preserve our community’s sense of safety, privacy, dignity and authenticity. That’s why we have Community Standards, which define what is and isn’t allowed on Facebook and Instagram.”
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