Instagram Debuts Brand-New Anti-Bullying Features

Instagram Debuts Brand-New Anti-Bullying Features
Photo Courtesy of Instagram / Artwork by Sarah Palmer

Instagram is all about bringing people together — and spreading positivity!

The fan-favorite photo-sharing app is making an effort to combat online bullying with a number of brand-new features. The first is Restrict, which gives you the ability to avoid interacting with someone who may be targeting you. By Restricting a user, they are not able to see when you’re active on the app, and you can freely approve or delete comments without notifying them.

The second is Comment Warning, which encourages users to pause and reflect on what could be a potentially hurtful comment before posting it. Together, these features are working to improve the way we interact on social media, and in turn, facilitate IRL positivity too!

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From the head of Instagram, Adam Mosseri (@mosseri): “We know bullying is a challenge many face, particularly young people. We are committed to leading the industry in the fight against online bullying, and we are rethinking the whole experience of Instagram to meet that commitment. We can do more to prevent bullying from happening on Instagram, and we can do more to empower the targets of bullying to stand up for themselves. Today we’re announcing one new feature in both areas. 💙 Encouraging Positive Interactions In the last few days, we started rolling out a new feature powered by AI that notifies people when their comment may be considered offensive before it’s posted. This intervention gives people a chance to reflect and undo their comment and prevents the recipient from receiving the harmful comment notification. 🧡 Protecting Your Account From Unwanted Interactions With Restrict We wanted to create a feature that allows people to control their Instagram experience, without notifying someone who may be targeting them. Soon, we will begin testing a new way to protect your account from unwanted interactions called Restrict. 💛 It’s our responsibility to create a safe environment on Instagram. This has been an important priority for us for some time, and we are continuing to invest in better understanding and tackling this problem.” 💗 To learn more about these new updates, click the link in our bio. Artwork by @heysp

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