Instagram Fights Cyber Bullying
Social media platforms provide the means for users to get in touch with their friends and family around the world. While users love connecting with their loved ones and sharing their views and opinions on social media one thing that everyone hates about social media is cyber bullying.
The Tools to Fight Cyber Bullying
Social media platforms are trying to fight online harassment using different tools and techniques. The picture sharing social media platform Instagram is also working towards the elimination of online harassment.
According to the Washington post, Instagram will soon launch new tools to fight cyber bullying. It will now provide users the freedom to choose comments which can be posted on their pictures. At the moment Instagram has general rules and policies regarding acceptable speech on the network. These rules are useful but since everyone has different opinions about offensive comments additional tools will be helpful. So, the new tool will give users the freedom to filter out comments or completely turn off comments on their pictures. It will allow users to create a list of banned words. If anyone comments on their pictures with any of those words Instagram will automatically hide the comment. Users who do not wish to allow comments on their pictures can do so on a picture by picture basis.
Nicky Jackson Colaco, head of public policy for Instagram also talked about the initiative to fight cyber-bullying. He said: “Our goal is to make Instagram a friendly, fun and, most importantly, safe place for self-expression.”
Colaco added that the new feature is already available to users with “high volume comment threads.” This means celebrities on Instagram can now use the new tool. The feature will be rolled out to all users in the succeeding month.
Fighting cyber bullying is important for social media sites such as Instagram. The Facebook-owned platform reached 500 million users last month. It is important that the platform provides tools for the elimination of online harassment to protect its users.