Instagram Adds More Tools to Improve Online Safety for Users

Instagram Adds More Tools to Improve Online Safety for Users

Instagram has announced that it is rolling out a new set of tools to allow its users to feel safer when expressing themselves on Instagram and to improve the commenting experience.

Instagram Adds More Tools to Improve Online Safety for Users

The update includes:

  • Turning off commenting for individual posts
  • The ability to remove followers for private accounts
  • Comment liking

Kevin Systrom, Co-Founder & CEO of Instagram announced the new features on the Instagram blog on Tuesday.

Instagram Comment Control Features

The service will soon add a way to turn off comments on any post. Previously, this was only available for a small number of accounts. The service says it will be available to every user “in a a few weeks.”  Users will simply tap “Advanced Settings,” and then tap “Turn off Commenting” before posting. Commenting can be turned back on at any time via the “…” menu.

Also coming soon is the ability to like comments by tapping the heart icon that will be found next to any comment.

Remove Followers from Private Accounts

Many users have private accounts, which means they are required to approve each follower. Previously, once a follower was approved, there was no easy way to remove them without blocking them. Soon, users will be able to remove followers from private accounts by going to their list of followers and tapping the “…” menu next to any person’s name. The person will not be notified that they were removed as a follower.

Instagram Adds More Tools to Improve Online Safety for Users

Anonymous Reporting for Self-Injury Posts

If a user sees a post from a friend that seems to be struggling and in need of support, and may be considering self-injury, they can anonymously report it, and Instagram will connect that user to organizations that offer help.

The photo sharing service says more changes and improvements are on the way. For more information about the new tools, or for other info, visit the Instagram Help Center. Instagram is free, and is available for iOS devices in the App Store. [GET IT HERE]

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