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Instagram Is Testing An Anti-Harassment Tool To Let Users Filter Or Turn Off Comments On Their Posts

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(Photo : Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) The new tool is currently being tested to users with "high volume comment threads" and will be made widely available in the coming months.

A lot of people already know that the comment section can be a place of harassment which leads to abuse and bullying online. Not a lot has been done to curb this unfortunate side of social media, but Instagram is looking to change that.

Instagram has announced that it will be introducing a new tool that would allow its users to filter their comments streams and even turn comments off completely for their own posts.

Instagram already has policies as to what constitutes acceptable speech. But with this new tool, the photo-sharing company is giving the direct power to users to filter or close off the comment sections on their own posts.

"Our goal is to make Instagram a friendly, fun and, most importantly, safe place for self expression," Instagram head of public policy Nick Jackson Colaco told The Washington Post.

"We have slowly begun to offer accounts with high volume comment threads the option to moderate their comment experience. As we learn, we look forward to improving the comment experience for our broader community," Colaco added.

Based on Colaco's statement, the feature may already be available to users who have a large following on Instagram to test the tool out before its widely released to all of its users in the coming months.

The tool will also allow users to turn off the comments on a post-by-post basis; thus, users can choose which of their photos or videos will have comments turned on or off.

The tool will also let users list down words they whish to ban on their comments section. If a follower comments with those banned words, his or her comments will be hidden from view.

This new anti-harassment tool is very much similar to the comment moderation option which was made available to Instagram business pages a few weeks ago, according to TechCrunch.

 


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Preventing harassment on social media can be quite difficult for services. If they implement new policies, they could be accused of violating people's freedom of speech. If they do nothing, then they could accused of allowing harassment and abuse to be part of their services.

With Instagram giving users the option to close off the comments section, they will be the ones to determine where to draw the line.

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