Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom today announced that the company is "taking the next step" to protect its users from online abuse with the wide launch of a new comment moderation feature in the photography-focused social network app. Referred to as a "keyword moderation tool," the feature will let each user type in words they find to be offensive, effectively hiding any mention of them in the comment section of their posts.

The comments containing the harsh language will still be available for other Instagram users, but the company believes that allowing each user to determine which words to hide from their personal collection of photos will cultivate a "positive and safe" environment. To deal with abusive accounts, Instagram already lets users swipe to delete comments, report inappropriate comments and block accounts.

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Systrom refers to the keyword blocking update as the "first feature" for dealing with online abusers, suggesting Instagram is continuing to keep an eye on the issue and add more protective updates to its mobile app in the future. Once the app is updated, gain access to the comment moderation setting by following the steps below:

  1. Go to your Profile tab.
  2. Tap the Settings gear icon in the top right corner.
  3. Find and tap "Comments."
  4. Toggle "Hide Inappropriate Comments" to automatically hide keywords that are "often reported as inappropriate."
  5. Or, add your own custom keywords in the text box, separating each with a comma.
  6. Tap "Done" to save your changes.

After previously allowing high-profile users, like businesses and various brands, to have access to the new feature, Instagram said that today marks its wide rollout to every user. Those who have yet to download the app can find Instagram for free on the iOS App Store. [Direct Link]

Top Rated Comments

Alonso Quijano Avatar
99 months ago
Four comments in and this thread is already a mess. So much negativity can't be healthy guys :) I don't know about you but I'd rather not see nasty things on my social media :)
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
keysofanxiety Avatar
99 months ago
This is just absurd
I politely disagree. It's no more different than avoiding PRSI threads on MR.

If you're barraged with foul language and nasty comments every time you check an application, directly or indirectly, it kinda has a habit of grinding you down, y'know? Consciously choosing to surround yourself in positivity, rather than nihilistic pessimism, doesn't mean you're an easy-to-offend special snowflake.
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No we just dont want to be controlled by the commies sensoring us.
That's why it's a choice. An option. It's not mandatory and you can opt in or out as you prefer.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
AgentAnonymous Avatar
99 months ago
Laughable.
The only thing laughable is all of the reactionaries in this thread making mean-spirited jokes and acting like this is a "bad" thing.

Ironically people with that attitude are the same kind of people who usually engage in said harassment. Funny how that works
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MecPro Avatar
99 months ago
I can't believe some people are here saying this is too PC/draconian, etc

If you see some of the racial and sexist abuse that is occurring on social media, you'll fully understand where they are coming from with this feature

Well done Instagram
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
lunarworks Avatar
99 months ago
This is just absurd
Laughable.
These poor precious snowflakes :(
Im offended
I hear if you hang up garlic in your basement the SJWs can't get you.

Grow up, guys. Maybe you don't get treated like **** on the internet, but lots of people do.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
lunarworks Avatar
99 months ago
This country is really sick.
Yes, it's amazing the kind of awful things people will say to people they don't even know.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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