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