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Instagram Update Lets Users Block Comments Based on Custom Keywords

Instagram’s latest app update targets trolls. The company has added a settings feature that allows users to select keywords of their choosing, and any comments posted using those words will not be shown.

“We want to work diligently to maintain what has kept Instagram positive and safe, especially in the comments on your photos and videos,” wrote Kevin Systrom, CEO. “To empower each individual, we need to promote a culture where everyone feels safe to be themselves without criticism or harassment.”

Now, when you tap the gear icon on your profile, you’ll find a new Comments tool. This feature lets you list words you consider offensive or inappropriate. Comments with these words will be hidden from your posts. You can choose your own list of words or use default words we’ve provided.

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“My commitment to you is that we will keep building features that safeguard the community and maintain what makes Instagram a positive and creative place for everyone,” Systrom added.

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