Instagram’s latest update counters cyberbullying

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The internet can be a dangerous place. On one hand, it allows everyone of all races, creed, nationality and culture to be part of one single voice and on the other that very same voice gives people a cover to be unkind and unpleasant in a lot of circumstances. Instagram has had a string of updates this year and adding to it is its latest update aimed at tackling cyberbullying.

Kevin Systrom, CEO and co-founder of Instagram, announced the update saying, “The first feature we’re introducing is a keyword moderation tool that anyone can use. Now, when you tap the gear icon on your profile, you’ll find a new Comments tool. This feature lets you list words you consider offensive or inappropriate. Comments with these words will be hidden from your posts. You can choose your own list of words or use default words we’ve provided. This is in addition to the tools we’ve already developed such as swiping to delete comments, reporting inappropriate comments and blocking accounts”.


Considering he mentions “first feature”, it can be assumed this is the first in a series of updates that will help users filter unnecessary comments on their posts.