Last year, Instagram announced that they were developing an anti-bullying tool. Previews of the tool show what it can do:
“When restricting a user, the comments on your posts can only be visible to you and the commenter. You can choose to enable it or not, and it won’t notify them either. Restricted users are also not allowed to see your status or if you’ve read their messages. The messages they’ll send will be automatically added to your direct message requests. Basically, you control which comments you want to be visible to you and your followers.”
Bullying is a big issue on social media and many pundits have decried the lackuster efforts to regulate platforms and its effects, particularly on the youth.
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According to Instagram, “We know it can feel overwhelming to manage a rush of negative comments, so we’ve been testing the ability to delete comments in bulk, as well as block or restrict multiple accounts that post negative comments. Early feedback has been encouraging, and we’ve found that it helps people, especially with larger followings, maintain a positive environment on their account.
Delete bulk comments
“To enable this feature on iOS, tap on a comment and then the dotted icon in the top right corner. Select Manage Comments and choose up to 25 comments to delete at once. Tap More Options to block or restrict accounts in bulk. To block or restrict accounts on Android, press and hold on a comment, tap the dotted icon and select Block or Restrict.”
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The platform is also highlighting positive comments: “In addition to removing negative comments, we want to give people an easy way to amplify and encourage positive interactions. 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.”
And lastly, for people often targeted by trolls or facing unwanted comments or attention, Instagram is now offering users the option to select tagging.
“We’ve seen that tags and mentions can be used to target or bully others, so we’re rolling out new controls that allow you to manage who can tag or mention you on Instagram. You can choose whether you want everyone, only people you follow or no one to be able to tag or mention you in a comment, caption or Story,” the IG site shares.