Instagram Tackles Cyber Bullying with New Features

Instagram, the social media picture posting service owned by Facebook has taken the fight to cyber bullies with a series of new features. 

The social media platform has released its fifth edition of its Community Standards Enforcement report which tracks progress to keep Facebook and Instagram safe. 

Alongside this report the platform announced the new changes including managing unwanted interactions, highlighting positive comments and choosing who can tag and mention you. 

In a statement Instagram said: “First, we’re launching a new feature to help people manage multiple unwanted interactions at once. 

“We know it can feel overwhelming to manage a rush of negative comments, so we’ve been testing the ability to delete comments in bulk, as well as block or restrict multiple accounts that post negative comments. 

“Early feedback has been encouraging, and we’ve found that it helps people, especially with larger followings, maintain a positive environment on their account. 

“In addition to removing negative comments, we want to give people an easy way to amplify and encourage positive interactions. 

“Soon, we’ll begin testing Pinned Comments. This feature gives people a way to set the tone for their account and engage with their community by pinning a select number of comments to the top of their comments thread.

“We’ve seen that tags and mentions can be used to target or bully others, so we’re rolling out new controls that allow you to manage who can tag or mention you on Instagram. 

“You can choose whether you want everyone, only people you follow or no one to be able to tag or mention you in a comment, caption or Story.”