Instagram is adding a new feature to protect us from trolls

Ain't nobody got time for negativity

Words by Karen Fratti

From the editors of HelloGiggles

As much as we love social media, it can be a scary and hurtful place sometimes. Which is precisely why we’re so excited about Instagram’s new troll-protection feature. In a blog this week, Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom wrote that the social network is rolling out a bunch of new features to make Instagram a happier place on the internet. Along with new ‘kindness stickers’ and mental health resources, you can go into your settings and control specifically who can comment on your pictures (as opposed to just disabling all comments).

Whether your account is public or private, you can choose to block entire groups of people or just the one troll or bully who always seems to have something negative to say. In addition to that, you might remember that Instagram introduced a feature that lets you block certain words and bullying phrases in English. Now, you can filter out comments in Arabic, French, German, and Portuguese, with the promise of more languages to come.

Photo by @runnerkimhall Today, we’re announcing new tools and programs to keep Instagram a safe and positive place for self-expression. Since the beginning, we’ve tried to make Instagram a welcoming place for everyone. Our community has grown to 800 million, with 500 million using it every day. It’s more important than ever to strengthen our commitment to safety and kindness. Over time, we’ve launched a number of tools to help you manage the comments experience, and today we’re introducing more. Starting today, if your account is public, you’ll see a new way to choose who can comment on your posts — from everyone to just groups of people, like people you follow or your followers. Also, whether your account is public or private, you’ll be able to block other accounts from commenting on your posts. In June, we launched a filter to block certain offensive comments in English, today we are expanding this filter to Arabic, French, German and Portuguese. The filter will improve over time, enabling the community’s experience of sharing to improve as well. We’re continuing to provide mental health resources to you when you need them most. If you see someone going through a difficult time or in need of support during a live broadcast, you can report it anonymously. The person will see a message offering help with options to talk to a helpline, reach out to a friend or get other tips and support. We have teams working 24 hours a day, seven days a week, around the world to respond. We feel as strongly about creating a safe and welcoming environment today as we did when our community was just getting started. To learn more about these tools and others, visit Instagram-Together.com. Thank you for being on this journey with us, and for taking care of each other. Kevin Systrom Co-Founder & CEO

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In addition to these features, Instagram has also launched a way for users to report accounts when it looks like someone needs help, even during live videos. You can report an account anonymously and also access mental health resources and a helpline. Systrom promised that the social network will have ‘teams working 24 hours a day, seven days a week, around the world to respond.’

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As much as we love social media, it can be a scary and hurtful place sometimes. Which is precisely why we’re so excited about Instagram’s new troll-protection feature. In a blog this week, Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom wrote that the social network is rolling out a bunch of new features to make Instagram a happier place on the internet. Along with new “kindness stickers” and mental health resources, you can go into your settings and control specifically who can comment on your pictures (as opposed to just disabling all comments).

instagram comment block

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Whether your account is public or private, you can choose to block entire groups of people or just the one troll or bully who always seems to have something negative to say. In addition to that, you might remember that Instagram introduced a feature that let you block certain words and bullying phrases in English. Now, you can filter out comments in Arabic, French, German, and Portuguese, with the promise of more languages to come.

instagram comment block

In addition to these features, Instagram has also launched a way for users to report accounts when it looks like someone needs help, even during live videos. You can report an account anonymously and also access mental health resources and a helpline. Systrom promised that the social network will have ‘teams working 24 hours a day, seven days a week, around the world to respond.’

So let this be a call to all social networks: More like this please! Because the IRL world is hard enough to get through sometimes. Social media should be a fun, supportive escape.

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