Instagram’s new tools make comments more endurable

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So users can be very annoying with the comments they leave on your page. It’s one of the major issues affecting many users; not just celebrities. Instagram understands this and is doing all it can to ensure its platform is safe for everyone. In the past, the Facebook-owned app had introduced some cool features to control this problem and make everyone safe. Not done with that, the ephemeral photo-sharing app is introducing some new tools to make comments more endurable—and that’s according to TNW. It means you now have more control over who can comment on your posts.

The new update means you can limit comments to those who follow you or those you follow. The new tools also come with the ability to block specific people from commenting on your post.

Last year, the app introduced keyword filter that automatically filters specific words that are considered as offensive. To an extent, the tool was able to get rid of certain abusive words from your timeline, but the result wasn’t encouraging enough. You can choose your own list of words or use default words provided by Instagram. The keyword filter tool was an addition to the tools “we’ve already developed such as swiping to delete comments, reporting inappropriate comments and blocking accounts,” Instagram said at the time.

Last March, Instagram launched two new tools powered by AI technology to help it take the fight to trolls on its platform. The first tool according to the company, is a filter to block certain offensive comments and a spam filter in nine languages.

However, the company failed to define what constitute hate speech and what is acceptable. The positive from that is that the company understands that more efforts still need to be put in place to deal with the situation:

“We believe that using machine learning to build tools to safeguard self-expression is an important step in fostering more inclusive, kinder communities. Our work is far from finished and perfect, but I hope we’re helping you feel safer and more welcome on Instagram.”

Last December, Instagram announced a new change that will enable private accounts to remove followers. The feature can best be described as an addition to what we have at the moment where a private account can only block a follower. Simply go to your list of followers and tap the menu next to the person’s name to remove him. The best part is that the person will not be notified by Instagram that he has been removed.

Last month, the photo-sharing app added comment threads to follow in the footstep of its parent company. According to Instagram, comment threads are being added to make help keep track on conversation and make it easy to respond to specific thread.

Comment threads according to Instagram, “help you keep track of conversations and make it easy to respond to a specific thread. This update will make your feed an even better place to share interests, get inspired and connect with others.”

“Now, when you hit reply underneath any comment, your response will automatically be grouped right underneath it in a thread,” Instagram said in a blog post.


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Author: Ola Ric

Ola Ric is a professional tech writer. He has written and provided tons of published articles for professionals and private individuals. He is also a social commentator and analyst, with relevant experience in the use of social media services.

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