Instagram adds “Mute” option so you can choose who appears in your feed

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Credit: https://www.theverge.com/2018/5/22/17378004/instagram-mute-button-added-finally

We are finally going to be able to remove posts and stories of users we find uninteresting or annoying from our Instagram feed. The new feature will allow you to mute or choose who appears in your feed, The Verge reports.

As a matter of fact, you will be able to remove a user’s post or stories or get rid of both of them in one swoop. You will be able to view a muted user’s profile even without the person knowing that such action was taken by you. You will also be able to unmute the user if you eventually decide to take such step.

The Mute feature will be rolling out to users in the coming weeks, and is one that is long overdue. It is the perfect feature for all those whose feeds get loads of annoying. Now, instead of unfollowing some users because they bore you with too many posts in your feed or stories, all you need to do is to mute their posts. It is a way to deal with all the clogs and restore sanity back to your feed and stories.

Earlier in the month, Instagram launched series of features including one that lets you filter bullying comments. Bullying Comment filter will ban language seen as harassment using AI and machine learning. Instagram says the filter is on by default, but you can turn it off at the “Comment Controls” center in the app.

Instagram will filter bullying comments intended to harass or upset people in the Instagram community. To be clear: we don’t tolerate bullying on Instagram,” Kevin Systrom, Instagram co-founder and CEO, said on the official Instagram blog,“ Our Community Guidelines have always prohibited bullying on our platform, and I’m proud to announce this next step in our ongoing commitment to keeping Instagram an inclusive, supportive place for all voices.

Also, in 2017, Instagram rolled out an offensive comment filter. The filter hides toxic, divisive comments aimed at at-risk groups. The bullying comments filter hides posts that attack the character, well-being, or appearance of a person.

Systrom said the filter will alert Instagram of repeated offenders so they can take appropriate measures.

Instagram will also expand its policies against the bullying of young public figures.

Protecting our youngest community members is crucial to helping them feel comfortable to express who they are and what they care about, Systrom added.

The plan, Systrom said, is to make the platform a safe place for every user.

Since Mike and I founded Instagram, it’s been our goal to make it a safe place for self-expression and to foster kindness within the community. This update is just the next step in our mission to deliver on that promise.


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Author: Ola Ric

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