Instagram is launching multiple new features for making the platform a positive space for all its users. The company is introducing new features to delete up to 25 comments at once, and block or restrict accounts from further commenting on your posts.
The company claims that they have been testing these features to help users with large followings when it comes to maintaining a “positive environment”.
Instagram’s new updates
Instagram shared a blog post about its new updates as a part of the platform’s efforts to “fight online bullying”.
“Today, we’re sharing the fifth edition of our Community Standards Enforcement report which tracks our progress to keep Facebook and Instagram safe. In addition to this report, we’re announcing new features that mark the continuation of our effort to lead the industry in the fight against online bullying.”
Users can now delete comments in bulk so that negative interactions are reduced to the minimum and bullying is avoided. The features are currently rolling out for iOS and are expected to arrive on Android soon.
The company is also starting to give users more control over who can mention and tag them in stories, caption, or comments. These options can be easily accessed from Settings > Privacy > Tags or Privacy > Mentions.
Instagram also shared that pinning a comment on top of posts is also under testing, a feature very similar to YouTube. Users would be able to pin comments to top of the comments section under their photos/videos for everyone to see first. The feature aims to promote positivity among users.
“Soon, we’ll begin testing Pinned Comments. This feature gives people a way to set the tone for their account and engage with their community by pinning a select number of comments to the top of their comments thread.”
Facebook, Instagram’s owning company, claims to have taken action against 1.5 million reported pieces of content on Instagram in the last the last few months. Bullying prevention includes features like notifying users when they are posting “potentially offensive” content. The platform is expected to roll out more of such features to fight bullying as users are appreciating Instagram’s initiatives to keep the platform safe.
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