Instagram's New Feature Lets You Block Mean Comments

2 May 2018, 17:38

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By Josh Lee

Goodbye, trolls!

Instagram has introduced a new feature that helps you block bullies from raining on your parade.

While Instagram has always publicly condemned bullying and harassment, trolling is rife on the photo-sharing platform. And for those subjected to Instagram bullying, the effects can be traumatic.

Now, Instagram have launched a new feature to help you maintain a positive Instagram experience, by filtering out as many potentially abusive comments as possible before you ever see them. The feature already detected and filtered out obviously abusive words, but has been upgraded to detect and filter "attacks on people's appearance or character, as ell as threats to a person's well-being or health."

Instagram's "hide offensive comments" feature

This new feature uses algorithms to detect comments it believes to be abusive, and filters them out automatically, meaning you never have to see them. It will also alert Instagram to repeat harassers, so they can take action.

In a statement on the new feature, Instagram said, "As part of Instagram’s continued commitment to creating a safer, kinder community, today Instagram has launched a new bullying comment filter as a next step in advancing its offensive comment filter tool, which automatically filters out toxic and divisive comments, particularly those aimed at at-risk groups."

How to use Instagram's automatic comment filter

1. Tap the gear icon next to "edit profile" on your Instagram profile.

2. Scroll down to the "Privacy and security" section and tap "Comment controls."

3. Toggle "Hide offensive comments" on.

How to use Instagram's keyword filter

1. Tap the gear icon next to "edit profile" on your Instagram profile.

2. Scroll down to the "Privacy and security" section and tap "Comment controls."

3. Toggle "Enable keyword filters" on.

4. Tap "Add keywords" and input the words you want filtered from your profile, separated by a comma

5. You can also toggle "Use default keywords" on to filter out words that are commonly reported on Instagram.