Instagram wants to Curb Online Harassment with its New Feature

July 30, 2016, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Harassment on the online space is one big issue the social media world is facing today. But at least there are some trying to bring it down in a pragmatic way.

Instagram, one of the world’s most favourite photo-hosting platform, is now up with a measure to take on online harassment. A new tool has now been introduced by Instagram that will let users remove inappropriate words, phrases or emojis from the comments section. If they want, they can also have the entire comments under a post disabled so as to not take a risk with possible abuses.

The social media platform has already got filtering tools that can be used to tackle down things that can seem offensive. But with the new tool, Instagram is handing over more freedom to its users to single out such comments in their post.


Instagram has already started rolling out the feature to some of the high-profile account, and confirms that it will be gradually made available for all users. Instagram’s public policy head Nicky Jackson Colaco said in a statement that the company goal is to make the platform a friendly, fun and safe place for self-expression.

It’s not for the first time that the Facebook owned platform has shown laudable efforts to throttle online harassment. Earlier, they had reacted quickly to bring down negative comments that appeared under a post from Taylor Swift. Instagram is also a platform that has received lesser backfiring in terms of online abuse compared to those experienced by Twitter and Microsoft.

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