It’s always nice to get positive, and even constructive, feedback on your Instagram photos. It’s not so nice when someone takes the time to hurl insults or make threats in the comments. Soon, Facebook-owned Instagram will give users new anti-harassment tools that let them hide unseemly messages left on their photos.
Instagram plans to introduce new anti-harassment tools in coming weeks. They will allow users to filter comments on posts or turn them off all together, The Washington Post reports.
The tools will roll out to “high-profile,” account users — those with high traffic, likes, and comments — first, with everyday users receiving the options later.
Although Instagram already has some policies in place regarding acceptable speech, the new tools enable users to weed out terms or comments they find personally offensive on a post-to-post basis on their own accounts.
“Our goal is to make Instagram a friendly, fun and, most importantly, safe place for self expression,” Instagram’s head of public policy, Nicky Jackson Colaco, tells the Post. “We have slowly begun to offer accounts with high volume comment threads the option to moderate their comment experience. As we learn, we look forward to improving the comment experience for our broader community.”