In an effort to make Instagram a safer and more enjoyable place for every single user that engages with the platform, the company today has announced that they will be enabling users to now hide comments. More specifically, though, the Instagram app will now have an option that users can toggle which will automatically hide inappropriate comments. To make this work, Instagram has applied algorithms that will be able to scan comments for words or phrases which are commonly reported as inappropriate so it knows what to filter and what not to filter. Instagram states that their goal was to make it possible for all users to feel safe in being themselves while sharing their lives through images, and unfortunately a comments section can be a rather unsafe place if left unchecked.
Instagram will flip the switch on this new feature starting today, so once the app updates itself the toggle button should show up for users in both the Android and iOS applications. Having said that, it’s also entirely possible that the app update may not show up right away for everyone. While the new Comments tool in the app will automatically hide default keywords and phrases that are deemed inappropriate, users can also submit their own keywords and phrases under the custom keywords option that sits just below the toggle. Everyone is different, and not everyone will find the same collection of words and phrases offensive, so by combining a list of default keywords which are reported as inappropriate more commonly with a set of custom keywords that are found uniquely offensive to each user, Instagram’s new hide comments feature can more accurately filter out the comments that each person is hoping to avoid.
Of course, Instagram doesn’t want users to forget that there are other tools at their disposal which can be used in conjunction with the new comments tool, like swiping to delete comments or just simply blocking accounts. Instagram isn’t just focused on safety within the app either, as they have also recently added the pinch to zoom feature, a long-awaited offering that users have been requesting, and they have also removed the photo maps feature.