Instagram Is Taking a Stand Against Bullying Comments

Instagram announced two new anti-bullying features in attempt to help the platform become a more supportive and positive place.

The first feature is a pop-up warning given when someone is attempting to post a negative comment. It's designed to be an intervention before the offensive comment is posted, giving the poster a chance to reflect and reconsider.

The warning reads, "Keeping Instagram a supportive place. We're asking people to rethink comments that seem similar to others that have been reported. If we made a mistake, let us know."

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The second new feature gives you the ability to restrict certain people from publicly commenting on your posts. The feature is called Restrict, and it lets you control your Instagram experience without letting the bully know they've been cut off from interacting with you.

"Once you Restrict someone, comments on your posts from that person will only be visible to that person," Adam Mosseri, the Head of Instagram explained in a blog post. "You can choose to make a restricted person's comments visible to others by approving their comments. Restricted people won't be able to see when you're active on Instagram or when you've read their direct messages."

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The warning feature is rolling out now, while the Restrict feature will be going through testing soon.