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Instagram's new update to tackle cyber-bullying within the app

Instagram has pushed out a new update that will help users to have better control over their comment section. Users can now filter comments that have words that they find abusive or degrading in any fashion.

BT Online   New Delhi     Last Updated: September 13, 2016  | 11:26 IST
Instagram's new update to tackle cyber-bullying within the app
Instagram CEO and co-founder, Kevin Systrome. Image credits: Reuters

Instagram has pushed out a new update that will help users to have better control over their comment section. Users can now filter comments that have words that they find abusive or degrading in any fashion.

According to CEO and co-founder of Instagram, Kevin Systrome, "all different types of people - from diverse backgrounds, races, genders, sexual orientations, abilities and more - call Instagram home, but sometimes the comments on their posts can be unkind. To empower each individual, we need to promote a culture where everyone feels safe to be themselves without criticism or harassment. It's not only my personal wish to do this, I believe it's also our responsibility as a company."

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To access the new feature, the user can tap on the settings button on top right of their profile page and then scroll down to a new "Comments" option where they can turn on this new feature that will not only filter generally abusive comments but the profile-owner can also add custom keywords that need to be filtered.


The move comes at a time when big celebrities on Instagram are either threatening to make their profile private or delete it entirely. Last month Justin Bieber deleted his Instagram account in light of abusive comments he received on a particular post.

 

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