INSTAGRAM is testing new features that will allow you to secretly ban comments from users you don’t like so that no one will be able to view what they post under your photos apart from the commenter themselves.
This is called ‘shadow banning’ because the person who has their comments blocked will be none the wiser.
Instagram is testing a restriction feature so that you can hide people’s comments from being visible to the rest of your followers[/caption]
Instagram will also be warning bullies when they go to post something that it deems to be offensive.
The app will use artificial intelligent to spot comments that could cause offence so it can ask the user: “Are you sure you want to post this?”
It will also provide a message to users it confronts which states: “We’re asking people to rethink comments that seem similar to other that have been reported.
“If we made a mistake, let us know.”
Instagram has stressed that it wants the app to be a “supportive place”[/caption]
The restricting comments feature allows people to click on a comment they don’t like and either report it or restrict the user that posted it.
When you restrict someone only you and them will be able to see what they post on your photos but you can selectively choose some of their comments to be publicly visible if you want to.
This ‘shadow banning’ technique will also hide when you’re online to that user or when you’ve read one of their direct messages.
These new features are examples of Instagram stepping up it’s anti-bullying stance.
The social network said that tests of the features did encourage some users to rethink posting nasty comments.
However, some critics think that the measures aren’t enough to stop online bullying as this often happens from specific troll accounts or pages.
Instagram has been under a lot of pressure to crack down on bullying after a number of high profile cases, like the suicide of British teen Molly Russell.
The company will be rolling out these tools to English speaking users first and will then aim to make them available globally.
Instagram – the key facts
Here's what you need to know…
- Instagram is a social network for sharing photos and videos
- It was created back in October 2010 as an iPhone-exclusive app
- A separate version for Android devices was released 18 months later
- The app rose to popularity thanks to its filters system, which lets you quickly edit your photos with cool effects
- When it first launched, users could only post square 1:1 ratio images, but that rule was changed in 2015
- In 2012, Facebook bought Instagram for $1billion in cash and stock
- In 2018, some analysts believe the app is worth closer to $100billion
- In October 2015, Instagram confirmed that more than 40billion photos had been uploaded to the app
- And in 2018, Instagram revealed that more than a billion people were using the app every month
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