Instagram rolls out new tools—you can now like or turn off comments

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Well, that took a while in coming. Instagram on Tuesday announced some new tools that will let you like individual comments on post. This is following in the footsteps of its parent company Facebook. Facebook as you already know, has a like button where people can express their feelings about a post by clicking the like button. You can show appreciation for any comment you love with a little red heart.

In adding a like button or feature if that’s what you would rather call it; Instagram says it’s trying to create a friendlier environment. In a blog post on Tuesday, Instagram’s chief executive Kevin Systrom said: “Liking lets you show support and encourages positivity throughout the community.”

Ability to turn off comments

A few safety measures were also a big part of Tuesday’s announcement as Systrom said comments are “not always kind or welcome.” In the next couple of weeks, Instagram will roll out ability to turn off comments on any post.

“Sometimes there may be moments when you want to let your post stand on its own. Previously this was only available for a small number of accounts. In a few weeks, it will be available for everyone. Tap “Advanced Settings” before you post and then select “Turn Off Commenting.” You can also tap the … menu any time after posting to turn commenting back on.

“In the coming weeks, we’re also adding the ability to like comments by tapping a heart icon next to any comment.”

Ability to remove followers from private accounts

Instagram users with private accounts can now heave a sigh of relief as the company announced a new change that will enable them remove followers. This new feature will roll out in the coming weeks, and will be 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.

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Anonymous Reporting for Self-Injury Posts

Unsurprisingly, Instagram has chosen to follow similar path as its parent company Facebook by adding an anonymous reporting self-injury feature. Recall that Facebook has something similar to this where you can help prevent suicide.

“From time to time, you may see friends struggling and in need of support. If you believe that someone you care about may be thinking about injuring themselves, you can report it anonymously, and we will connect your friend to organizations that offer help. We have teams working 24 hours a day, seven days a week, around the world to review these reports.”

Instagram has not made it clear if the new reporting for self-injury tool will be available to everyone. When Facebook first introduced its suicide reporting tool, the feature was only available to English language users. However, that soon changed in June when the social media behemoth updated the tool to accommodate more languages.


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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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