SAN FRANCISCO, CA (WCMH) – Instagram users can now block comments they don’t want to see automatically.
The social media app now allows users to set filters for specific words and block “inappropriate comments.” Kevin Systrom, Instagram’s CEO and founder, says the update will help keep Instagram a safe place.
“To empower each individual, we need to promote a culture where everyone feels safe to be themselves without criticism or harassment,” Systrom said in a press release.
To enable the filters, users simply need to go to their Settings menu and select the Comments section. There, users can choose words and phrases that a lot of people report as inappropriate or create their own custom list.
Because of the anonymity social media allows, some services, like Instagram, tend to be fertile ground for abusive comments or harassment. Some users have even deleted their accounts because of what they say is harassment.
Systrom says that the filters are the first step in solving these types of online harassment.
“We know tools aren’t the only solution for this complex problem, but together we can work towards keeping Instagram a safe place for self-expression,” he said in press release. “My commitment to you is that we will keep building features that safeguard the community and maintain what makes Instagram a positive and creative place for everyone.”