To combat the increasing number of online harassment cases, Instagram soon plans to roll out ‘high volume comment threads’ that will allow users to filter abusive comments or completely turn off the comments section altogether. The new option will also allow users to curb comments on post by post basis which ensures that their picture account remains free from abuses. Also Read - Instagram down: The photo sharing app is not working for users globallyAlso Read - Instagram needs your birthday and if you want to keep using it, give the details
“Our goal is to make Instagram a friendly, fun and, most importantly, safe place for self expression,” said Instagram’s head of public policy, Nicky Jackson Colaco, in a statement quoted by The Washington Post. “We have slowly begun to offer accounts with high volume comment threads the option to moderate their comment experience. As we learn, we look forward to improving the comment experience for our broader community,” the statement read. Also Read - Instagram will soon replace swipe-up links with stickers in Stories
Although Instagram has its own general policies for what it considers as acceptable speech, the new option will give users the autonomy to decide on whether a comment deserves to be posted or not. The decision comes a month after Instagram launched ‘comment moderation’ tool for business accounts which lets the users to block offensive words and phrases.