Instagram Rolls Out Exciting New Features to Counter Trolls

This is good news.

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Instagram has some new features that will improve the experience for many of its users.

On the company's blog, (opens in new tab) cofounder and CEO Kevin Systrom wrote that the social media behemoth is adding the ability to control who comments on posts, better comment filtering, as well as mental health resources, and stickers for "kindness."

The most exciting feature—controlling who can comment on your posts—is simple to use. Just go to the comments section and click on "Allow Comments From." From there, you can add specific users to block. (Previously, you were only allowed to turn off all comments.)

Another new feature is expanded mental health resources that allow anonymous reporting for live video. That way, users can report when someone looks like might need outside support, as well as access links for resources and a helpline. Systrom writes that Instagram has "teams working 24 hours a day, seven days a week, around the world to respond."


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Comment filtering will also improve by automatically blocking abusive comments and spam in more languages, including Arabic, French, German, and Portuguese.

Oh, and then there's the kindness stickers to spread the ~love~.

Systrom ends the blog post with, "Thank you for being on this journey with us, and for taking care of each other."


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Laura Beck
Laura Beck

I write on Fox’s THE GREAT NORTH. Before that, I wrote and edited for Cosmopolitan (opens in new tab) magazine and the Jezebel (opens in new tab) blog. My writing has also appeared in the New York Times, The New Yorker, Esquire, VICE, Marie Claire, McSweeney’s, California Sunday, BUST, Elle, Village Voice, Harper’s Bazaar, LA Weekly, Eater, Fast Company, Mic, Atlas Obscura, and more. I co-host/co-produce a comedy/storytelling (opens in new tab) show on the first Friday of every month at Stories in LA. I have a degree in Film and TV from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.