In an effort to make the medium more positive and a welcoming place for everyone, Instagram has recently updated its app with a few more tools that will keep people safe.
Kevin Systrom, Co-founder and Chief Executive of Instagram, said in a blog post that the social network is rolling out three features that give users more control over their online experience in an effort to foster a safer environment.
Comment Control Features
While earlier it had launched the ability to filter comments based on keywords, now it has launched a feature to allow users to turn off comments for individual posts for the first time.
Systrom has mentioned that the comments were where the majority of conversation happened on Instagram. While comments were largely positive, they were not always kind or welcome. So now this feature could significantly minimize online harassment and track those at risk of self-harm.
Users can Tap "Advanced Settings" before they post and then select "Turn Off Commenting." Users can also tap the menu any time after posting to turn commenting back on.
In addition, Instagram will also be adding the ability to like comments by tapping a heart icon next to any comment.
Ability to Remove Followers from Private Accounts
In another effort to give users more control, Instagram users who have a private account can now remove followers by going to their list of followers and tapping the menu (three dots) next to any person's name. The person will not be notified that you removed them as a follower.
Anonymous Reporting for Self-Injury Posts
Finally, Instagram tends to continue to be a place where people can share deeply personal moments. Hence, Instagram has urged the users to report if they see any of their friends struggling or are in need of support.
Users can report it anonymously, and then Instagram will connect the friend to organizations that offer help. Systrom stated that the social media platform had teams working 24 hours a day, seven days a week, around the world to review these reports.
Essentially, Systrom assured that the social media platform will continue to work in making Instagram better as well as a welcoming and safe place for everyone.