Instagram isÂ launching and testingÂ multiple new features starting today that are aimed at making the platform a more positive space.
ForÂ InstagramÂ users who face harassment, the new comment controls could have the most immediate impact as the new feature, rolling out now, gives users the ability to address problematic comments en masse.
Manage Comments In Bulk
You can now delete up to 25 comments at once and also block or restrict multiple accounts at the same time.
To block or restrict accounts on iOS;
- Tap on a comment and then the dotted icon in the top right corner.
- Select Manage Comments and choose up to 25 comments to delete at once.
- Tap More Options to block or restrict accounts in bulk.
To block or restrict accounts on Android;
- Press and hold on a comment.
- Tap the dotted icon and select Block or Restrict.
Manage Who Can Tag You And Mention You
Not just that but you now have more control over who can tag or mention you in a post. People can select whether they want everyone, only people they follow, or no one to be able to tag or mention them in a comment, caption, or story. You can activate this feature by simply going to your privacy setting page.
Draw Attention To Positive Comments
Instagram is also testing a new feature that gives you the ability to pin comments to the top of a post. The new â€œpinned commentsâ€ feature lets users choose which comments they want to draw attention to.
People can pin multiple comments, similarly to how YouTube allows comments to be pinned to the top of the comments section below videos. This allows creators to highlight positive conversations.
Instagram has also been testing a feature that hides like accounts, a change Instagram chief Adam Mosseri has said is meant to â€œdepressurizeâ€ the app, particularly for its younger users. The company hasnâ€™t given an update on that experiment, or if it will roll out more widely.