Instagram’s newest safety tool

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Last year Instagram introduced a new feature that allows users to turn off comments on individual Instagram posts, as well as allow users to block posts with certain words.  Now the social media company has recently created two more tools to help keep Instagram “a safe place for self-expression.”  One of these is a tool that blocks offensive comments.  This comment filter will block certain offensive comments (such as harassing comments) on posts, as well as in live videos.  This comment filter will not block other non-offensive comments, and still allows you to report or delete comments.  Also, you can still turn off comments, if you wish.  The offensive comments are hidden from everyone except the person responsible who made the offensive comment.  You can reverse or modify these comment settings at any time.

Instagram Safety Feature

To use this comment filter:

  1. Go to your profile and tap  (iOS) or  (Android) in the top right
  2. Tap Comments (located under Settings)
  3. Tap next to Hide Inappropriate Comments to filter comments using a default list of keywords (or enter custom keywords separated by commas below Custom Keywords)
  4. Tap Done

The second tool is a spam filter, which was developed to wipe spam-like comments from posts and videos.

What do you think of Instagram’s newest added feature?  Have you ever used any of these features on your Instagram?  We’d love to hear!

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