Facebook-owned Instagram has rolled out a slew of long-requested features. The new update bundles changes like the new options for users to turn off comments from their post. It also comes with a feature to remove followers from private accounts, a feature has been requested time and again over the years. Also Read - How to download Instagram videos on Android, iOS, PCAlso Read - Happy Friendship Day 2021: How to send Friendship Day wishes Stickers on WhatsApp
Instagram has introduced most of these new features with an aim to make the app much more safe, giving its users more control over their accounts. In a blog post, Kevin Systrom, the Co-Founder & CEO of Instagram, says that these updates will make the platform a positive place for self-expression and will keep people safe. Also Read - Instagram now lets you post 60 seconds Reels: How to post longer Reels
More control over comments
Now, Instagram is all about pictures, videos and now GIFs, however, but whatever conversation that takes place on the platform is either comments or direct messages. While users always had control over the direct messages, comments have still been tough to manage. It s not news that social media has all kinds of people, happy and positive, and cynical and judgemental. Therefore, two new features by the platform is giving more power to users now.
Instagram is rolling out the ability for users to turn off comments on any post. Previously this was only available for a small number of accounts. In a few weeks, it will be available for everyone. To do that, go to Advanced Settings before you put up a post and then select Turn Off Commenting. And in case you change your mind, you can tap the menu and turn commenting back on. ALSO READ: Instagram adds Snapchat-like feature that notifies you if your friends take screenshot of private messages
In the coming weeks, Instagram is also adding the ability to like comments by tapping a heart icon next to any comment, much like how Facebook comes with a like button for comments. With the idea of making the platform more safe, not long ago, Instagram had launched the ability to filter comments based on keywords. This was an important step in giving users more control over the comments on their posts. ALSO READ: Instagram rolls out Snapchat-like disappearing live video and messaging features
Remove followers from private accounts
I don t know about you, but I have really been waiting for this feature for a really long time. Up until now how things worked was that, if you have a private account, the platform does seek your permission every time someone wishes to follow you, however, once you approved a follower, there was no simple way to undo that decision without blocking them. Now, with the new feature update, private account users can remove followers by going to their list of followers and tapping the menu next to any person s name. The person will not be notified that you removed them as a follower. ALSO READ: Instagram adds Boomerang, mentions to Stories: Here s everything you need to know
Anonymous reporting for self-injury posts
While ago, Facebook had also rolled out this feature, which let you report anyone on your timeline who showed signs of self-harm or depression. This feature is now coming to Instagram. Therefor, if ever a user feels that someone they know on that platform may be thinking about injuring themselves, you can report it anonymously, and Instagram will connect that person to organizations that offer help.