Instagram has recently announced new options for users to turn off comments, along with the ability to remove followers from private accounts; features that had been long requested by users of the popular photo-sharing app.
“Comments are where the majority of conversation happens on Instagram. While comments are largely positive, they’re not always kind or welcome. Previously, we launched the ability to filter comments based on keywords. There are two more features we think will improve this experience,” Instagram said in a blogpost.
The new features will give users the ability to turn off comments to any of their posts. This feature was earlier available to a select few accounts only, but is now being rolled out for everyone. To control the comments section, a user will have to go to ‘Advanced Settings’ before posting an image and then select ‘Turn off commenting’. If however, you want to turn the comments section on, you can do that in the menu after posting.
Instagram will also be adding the ability to like comments by tapping on a heart icon next to a comment. The company says that this will let users show ‘support and encourage positivity’ in the community.
For Instagram users with ‘Private Accounts’, a new feature will give you the ability to remove followers; an ability that was missing previously. To delete a person as a follower, you will need to go to your ‘Followers’ list and tap next to their name to delete them. No notification will be sent to the follower about the removal.
Users of Instagram will also get the ability to anonymously report posts from friends who they consider are at risk of hurting themselves. The Instagram team will be reviewing the report and then connect the user to organisations that offer help.