Instagram launches restriction feature to help stop bullying

Use restrictions to get rid of those pesky comments.

On Wednesday, Instagram introduced a new anti-bullying feature that allows users to decide which comments can appear on their posts. This is an alternative blocking option from teenage users of the app.

On Wednesday, Instagram CEO Adam Moseley explained the feature on the Today Show. Instead of blocking the person, app users can approve or reject the comment before it is posted, as some people say that blocking actually makes the problem worse.

“We also started asking them, ‘Why don’t you use the tools available today?'” Mosseri said on Wednesday. “‘Why not stop the bullies of you?’ The voices we hear are very consistent, especially from young people, which tends to escalate the situation.”

Follow @ mosseri’s exclusive interview with @stephgosk to learn about the huge growth of Instagram and how the platform is trying to combat disturbing content, the future of “Like”, and new anti-bullying features.

You can restrict users by swiping left on the user’s comments, or you can do so directly from their profile page or the privacy section of their settings. Once you restrict people, they are the only ones who can see their comments, they don’t know that others cannot see them. To see their subsequent comments, you can click “view comments”; then you can decide whether to delete it, ignore it, or approve it so that everyone can see it.

Comments from restricted accounts will not appear in your notifications, and direct messages will move to the message request section. You can check without the sender knowing. You can also “unrestrict” people you’ve ever rejected.

After months of testing, the company released a “restricted” feature. Earlier, the company launched another anti-bullying feature in July. This feature uses artificial intelligence to let people know they are about to post a hurtful comment and ask them if they really want to post it.

Mosseri’s next step is to make Instagram an easier experience, probably by removing “likes.” The most important idea, he said, is to make the app feel “less stressful” so people can spend less time worrying about likes, more time connecting with people, or what motivates them.

In today’s interview, Mossery also said that he agreed with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg that splitting Facebook, which owns Instagram, would not make sense. In an audio leaked at a Facebook internal meeting on Tuesday, Zuckerberg said that if Senator Elizabeth Warren becomes president and tries to split up big tech companies such as Facebook, he is ready to fight a lawsuit.

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