Instagram and Bullying

Jul 24th '19

Just when you think that’s all there is, Instagram releases a new feature that’s even better than the last! There are so many helpful and powerful features that Instagram has been releasing to make the Instagram world a better place. From filtering offensive comments and shadow banning bullies to potentially hiding like counts…there’s a lot to keep track of when it comes to Instagram news.


  • Bully Comments

Instagram is tackling online bullying head-on by taking proactive measures with these new tools. The first one is a new feature they’re testing that lets users restrict certain accounts from publicly commenting on their posts. If a user has a few followers who continuously write obscene or inappropriate comments, they can essentially ‘shadowban’ them from their account. This would put a huge dent in the problem of Instagram trolls, and create a kinder environment on the app.


Instagram has already rolled out a new feature which uses artificial intelligence to recognize when someone is posting a rude comment. It will then ask the commenter ‘Are you sure you want to post this?’, in which the user can choose to rethink their offensive comment and undo the action.


Another vital thing to note is that Instagram turned the offensive comment filter on by default (it had to be enabled before); users still have the choice to turn it off within settings. This feature has continually gotten smarter and more thorough at detecting offensive comments. Users also can block custom words and phrases within Instagram’s app settings.


The final update regarding safety on Instagram has to do with their already existing account disable policy. With the current policy, they disable accounts with a certain amount of violating content. The new policy will remove accounts with a certain amount of violations within a length of time, whereas before they only removed accounts with a certain percentage of violating content.


  • Set Profile to ‘Away’

We’ve heard from the grapevine the ‘Away Mode’ feature is coming, although not released yet. It will basically let you push ‘pause’ on your account without actually deleting it and losing all of your content. When you set your profile to ‘Away,’ all of your Instagram activity and notifications will be temporarily deactivated until you disable ‘Away Mode”.


  • Hiding Likes

Instagram is testing out a potential update wherein the app will hide the number of likes that a post receives. In the trial, it will show an Instagram username, along with “and others” below the post on your timeline. You will still be able to see their own number of likes, but it won’t show up for your audience. The purpose of this trial is to reduce the pressure and competition of how many likes received, so users can focus on sharing things they love!


We hope you gained a lot of insight about these new features and updates. Keep an eye on our blog to learn more as when updates happen.


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