How often is it that you come across a chain of comments on social media posts which start an online trail of abuses and hate comments? While all you want to do is avoid them and carry on with you work, at times you cannot do so. Amid growing concern over hate comments and online bullying, Instagram has introduced a new feature, which allows users to filter comments based on keywords. This new feature has been rolled out for both Android and iOS users, and one needs to update their Instagram app to use the new feature. Also Read - RIP Fleets! Twitter officially shuts disappearing tweets featureAlso Read - How to hide likes on Instagram, Facebook if you don't want social media validation
To implement this feature, one needs to click on the gear icon which is located on the top right side of your Instagram profile. Scroll down, and under the Settings tab, you will see Comments section just below the Cellular Data Use. Once you click on the Comments, you are taken to a new screen which has the option titled Hide Inappropriate Comments , which can be turned on or off. If you turn it on, then Instagram will automatically hide comments that contain words or phrases which are often reported as offensive. There s another tool under this feature which allows you to add custom keywords. This then hides comments which contain any of the keywords that you have added. The space allotted for the custom keywords seems big enough to add in a big bunch of words that you want to completely avoid on your Instagram.
Instagram in their official blog post explains why it has come up with this new feature and why it is very important. To empower each individual, we need to promote a culture where everyone feels safe to be themselves without criticism or harassment,” said Instagram in a blog post. Instagram also says that these new tools are in addition to their efforts of removing inappropriate comments from Instagram posts. The previous tools that were introduced in light of this matter are the options to delete comments, report inappropriate comments and block accounts as well. On iOS, this tool can be accessed if you swipe left on comments and a pop up gives you an option to delete the comment, report it or reply. On Android smartphones, the tool can be accessed by a single tap on the comment and not by swiping left.
This tool comes handy at a time when social media bullying has become a serious problem. The abusive and hate comments just keep pouring in and a lot of people have chosen to delete their accounts to escape it. Instagram s move in giving more control over such situations comes as a small but a pretty effective way to stop online bullying and abuse. Twitter, which is perhaps one of the biggest victims of growing problem of online trolling and bullying, can be inspired by Instagram’s new tool. According to reports, Twitter is already working on a keywords-based tool to tackle this problem. ALSO READ: Here s why Twitter is now allowing anyone to apply for the blue tick