Instagram enables users to filter harassing comments

The platform is rolling out a feature that can weed out offensive words or phrases.

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In April 2015, the visual social media app revised its harassment policy to go beyond “don’t be mean,” and strengthened its anti-bullying language. This month, the service is taking those efforts another step further by putting anti-harassment tools at users’ fingertips.

Users will be able to filter out negative comments on their posts or turn off comments entirely.

From The Washington Post:

While Instagram has general policies for what constitutes acceptable speech on its network, different words or phrases are offensive to different people. So this new feature is designed to let users take the mood of their accounts into their own hands and weed out comments that use terms that account holders find personally offensive.

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