You Can Now Stop Randos From Commenting on Your Instagrams

Joanna Estrada
September 26, 2017

In an effort to clean up the platform, it has now launched "Kindness Stickers" and tighter comment controls.

The new features are available now to Instagram users globally.

As part of an ongoing effort to keep its site positive and safe, Instagram has launched a range of new tools today.

Instagram recently confirmed that its community is now 800 million strong.

Instagram will continue to add more tools down the line to make sure that the environment remains safe and welcoming for all of its users.

The first tool is to control comments.

Starting today, users with public accounts on Instagram can choose who can comment on their posts.

This feature can be accessed through the "Comments" section of the Settings menu. The "Allow Comments From" filter should be automatically set to "Everyone", and the "Block Comments From" filter should be automatically set to no one. The six stickers were made by artists and you can click on a sticker to see who designed it. The platform said it was using an AI system called DeepText, which can understand how language works and further looks into understanding the meaning of specific words. This filter should be automatically enabled (it was for me), and you can turn it off and back on as you please. The filter will improve over time, enabling the community's experience of sharing to improve as well.

Instagram's new update let's users limit who can leave comments on their posts.

Users who spot someone going through a hard time or in need of support during a live broadcast can now anonymously report the live video to Instagram.

BuzzFeed News reports that Instagram already allowed its users to report posts for including references to self-harm and suicide and would present reported posters with resources to get assistance; but it says the difference now is that Instagram will actively pop up its information in the middle of a live stream, rather than waiting until it's ended to offer help to the streamer.

And while the livestreaming of self-harm is more of a problem for Facebook, Instagram has put in place tools where distressed viewers can anonymously report it.

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