Instagram – a.k.a. the spiritual home of selfies & memes – has rolled out a number of new tools in an effort to combat cyber bullying and online abuse.

Anyone familiar with the concept of the internet will be aware that some people get their jollies by being a dick online, and if you also want to be on the internet (this being 2016 and all), you either have to put up with it or start blocking willy-nilly.

Now, Instagram has introduced a tool to turn off comments for individual posts (including on your old ‘Grams), as well as giving users with private accounts the ability to delete followers if they so choose.

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Various celebs – incl. Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez and Sofia Richie – have all been experimenting with the odd comment-free Instagram of late.


“We’ve been testing this tool with accounts that receive a high volume of comments and now we’re rolling it out to everyone,”
said Instagram. 

“Instagram is first and foremost a platform for visual expression, and we’re always looking for new ways to combat spammy or inappropriate comments. The vast majority of people on Instagram use comments in the right way, and we want to preserve the ability for people to connect with each another through comments.”

In what is truly a sign of the times, Instagram used this announcement to pre-empt any demented claims that the platform will be blocking users’ freedom of speech, a statement which 99% of the time seems to be made by people who have no idea what freedom of speech actually means. (Hint: it’s the ability to say something w/o fear of persecution from the government, not your legally sanctioned right to be a dick.)

“Instagram cares deeply about free expression – we are first and foremost a platform for visual communication,” it said. “But expression takes different forms for different people – some people will feel comfortable using any of the several tools we provide to manage comments, while others may at times feel a need to let their posts stand on their own.”

“We believe that there is also a threat to free-expression should people simply stop posting their real thoughts. Our goal is to provide an inclusive, accepting, safe space for people.”

Instagram’s Latest Features Make It 100x Easier To Starve Out The Trolls

FYI, you can also now like individual comments on Instagram. That one’s not related to inclusivity, but just a nifty little feature that’ll make finding the MAX 1-3 good comments on celebrity’s Instagrams a whole lot easier. 

Photo: Instagram / Kylie Jenner.

Instagram’s Latest Features Make It 100x Easier To Starve Out The Trolls