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Instagram launching New Feature to help you combat Trolls

by Milicent Atieno
Instagram launching New Feature to help you combat Trolls

Cyberbullying was already bad enough with internet use becoming popular. Now with social media becoming the first and foremost platform for many internet users. Cyberbullying has become even more vicious, devilish, and risen to a whole new diabolical height.

Trolls; people who have nothing interesting to do with their lives but spew out vicious and scathing remarks on other people’s posts on social media have been having a field day on Instagram. That is about to change.

New Anti-Trolls Feature

Instagram is said to be working on a new feature that will enable users to deal with harassments and indecent contents you get on your comment feeds. This said feature will allow you filter out certain words or phrases that you find offensive and prevent them from ever appearing in your comment streams. You will also be able to opt entirely out from getting any comments; none at all!

Our goal is to make Instagram a friendly, fun, and most importantly. Safe place for self-expression,” said Nicky Jackson, the head of Public Policy at Instagram. “We have slowly begun to offer accounts with high volume comment threads the option to moderate their comment experience. As we learn, we look forward to improving the comment experience for our broader community.”

First Celebs, then the Rest of Us

Judging from that statement, the first beneficiaries of this anti-trolls feature will be celebrities. The rest of us will have to wait a little longer before we can get the anti-trolls feature on our Instagram accounts.

Nonetheless, their approach to combating trolls can be said to be much better than what other social media platforms have to offer. In particular, Twitter, where users get to either block, report the trolling perpetrators or make their tweets private. However, verified Twitter users do have the ability to filter out a limited number of offensive words or phrases. That feature can only do so much.

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