To keep Instagram a safe and positive place for self-expression, the company today announced new tools and programs for its community of 800 million users of which 500 million using it every day.
Starting today, if your account is public, you will see a new way to choose who can comment on your posts -- from everyone to just groups of people, like people you follow or your followers.
Also, whether your account is public or private, you will be able to block other accounts from commenting on your posts.
In June, Instagram launched a filter to block certain offensive comments in English, which the company is now expanding this to Arabic, French, German and Portuguese. The filter will improve over time, enabling the community’s experience of sharing to improve as well.
Anonymous reporting for Live video
Now, if you see someone going through a difficult time or in need of support during a live broadcast, you can report it anonymously.
The person will see a message offering help with options to talk to a helpline, reach out to a friend or get other tips and support. We have teams working 24 hours a day, seven days a week, around the world to respond, said Instagram in a blog post.
Kindness walls and stickers
Over the next few months, the photo-sharing app will be turning walls in cities around the world into colorful murals inspiring #KindComments. Visit a wall, take a photo or video and share a #KindComments to make someone’s day. You can also participate by using a new kindness-themed heart-shaped sticker. Both the murals and stickers are created by artists from the global community.