PSA: Instagram claps back at cyber bullies with new in-app tools

5 July 2017
By Fashion Quarterly

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Just when you thought you couldn’t love Instagram any more, the social media platform is fighting against haters

We all love a good scroll through Instagram, posting and sharing inspirational, relatable and personal photos, as well as the odd Insta stalk it’s become a part of day-to-day life.

However, among this, sadly there is a window of opportunity for negative feedback and unwarranted comments on users’ content, as internet bullies often seek opportunities where they can verbally harm and offend others.

So to stop the cyber bullying, the social media platform has recognised is taking action in order to prevent this increasing problem by developing two new tools in which are designed to make the app a more sociable and safer place for its users. Love!

The first tool that has been introduced is something that filters those spammy and irritating comments we’re all too familiar with. English, Arabic, French, German, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Japanese and Chinese languages – with more languages to come – are included in this filter. Say ‘adios’ to those annoying promotion comments; shouldn’t they be letting you know how good you look in your recent selfie instead?!

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The second ( saving grace) is the comment blocker which hides inappropriate and offensive content from users on posts and live videos. This tool can be accessed in your comment settings, where the default is set to ‘on.’

Instagram has not yet stated which comments qualify as ‘offensive’, but this is a smart move which could prevent haters from outsmarting the system.

You can turn this function off, but Instagram definitely has our back here with this new tool, so why would you want to?

Instagram CEO and co-founder, Kevin Systrom announced the recent changes on the Instagram blog, saying, “our work is far from finished and perfect, but I hope we’re helping you feel safer and more welcome on Instagram.”

He’s also promised some more changes to protect its users in the near future.

Seeing as we’re feeling the love from Instagram, we’re encouraged – if not inclined – to spend a little more time on the app now, just to return the kind favour.

Words: Maxine Fourie
Images: Instagram

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