Restrict the people who bully you!
In a bid to counter bullies on social media, Facebook-owned Instagram is rolling out a new mode called “Restrict” which will allow users to stop people who bully them via offensive posts or abusive comments.
Under this, a user can easily restrict someone by swiping left on a comment, through the Privacy tab in Settings, or directly on the profile of the account they intend to restrict, as per a new announcement made by Instagram on Wednesday.
“Starting today, you can protect your account from unwanted interactions with a new feature called Restrict. Once Restrict is enabled, comments on your posts from a person you have restricted will only be visible to that person,” the company announced in a statement.
One can also choose to view the comment by “See Comment”; and then proceed to approve the comment in order for everyone can see it, delete it or ignore it.
“You won’t receive any notifications for comments from a restricted account,” the company added in a statement.
It should be mentioned that direct messages will automatically move to Message Request, and users will not receive notifications if it is coming from a restricted account.
“You can still view the messages but the restricted account will not be able to see when you’ve read their direct messages or when you are active on Instagram. You can choose to “Unrestrict” the account and future messages will go directly to your inbox,” the company added.
The photo-sharing app is putting into use Artificial Intelligence (AI) to detect bullying and other types of snide and nasty content in comments, photos and videos. In a bid to make the platform more socially viable, Instagram, last month, announced restricting people under 18 from viewing posts from different celebrity influencers who promote cosmetic surgery and various weight-loss products.
Also, under this announcement, there will be certain posts which will be hidden from users under age 18 while others will be removed from Instagram as well as from the parent company’s platform – Facebook.
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