Comment moderation is one feature every mainstream social network should have by default, resulting from rampant incidents of trolls, racism and abuse amongst a myriad of inappropriate content that has sought haven on these platforms.
Take Twitter for example which has experienced high profile abuse incidents since a particular section of its users can’t come to terms with others owing to their race, sexuality, political views among others in their interactions.
It has had a fare share of these incidents and the most recent one being the Leslie Jones incident owing to her starring role in the Ghostbusters reboot. This particular ordeal had self proclaimed troll, Milo Yiannopoulos banned for life from Twitter. Other social giants are trying hard to avoid such incidents that befell Twitter.
Facebook owned Instagram is one of them and it’s latest update (9.3.0) allows one to filter comments that appear on their profiles. One either subscribes to its default filter list or oneself can moderate theirs in a custom filter, where you input words/comments you consider inappropriate.
While others social networks have somewhat stagnated, Instagram as well as SnapChat have seen their numbers go up and the former embraced the latter after incorporating the stories feature, synonymous with, of course SnapChat. Just to keep up with the pace and avoid an exodus to SnapChat.
This new comments moderation tool on Instagram cements it as one of the go to social networks since users now have control on what comments they wish to see on their profiles while blocking off ones they deem inappropriate. This makes it easier for the photo sharing social network to keep numbers flocking it’s way.
The new comments moderation feature was a first for business accounts but as of this writing, it had become available to every Instagram user. It now joins the block feature, which helps victimized accounts to block abusive ones.
Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom had this to say on the company’s blog, “The beauty of the Instagram community is the diversity of its members. 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.”
Instagram users now have to visit their profile >settings > comments to activate this new feature.
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