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Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom today announced that the company is "taking the next step" to protect its users from online abuse with the wide launch of a new comment moderation feature in the photography-focused social network app. Referred to as a "keyword moderation tool," the feature will let each user type in words they find to be offensive, effectively hiding any mention of them in the comment section of their posts.

The comments containing the harsh language will still be available for other Instagram users, but the company believes that allowing each user to determine which words to hide from their personal collection of photos will cultivate a "positive and safe" environment. To deal with abusive accounts, Instagram already lets users swipe to delete comments, report inappropriate comments and block accounts.

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Systrom refers to the keyword blocking update as the "first feature" for dealing with online abusers, suggesting Instagram is continuing to keep an eye on the issue and add more protective updates to its mobile app in the future. Once the app is updated, gain access to the comment moderation setting by following the steps below:
  1. Go to your Profile tab.
  2. Tap the Settings gear icon in the top right corner.
  3. Find and tap "Comments."
  4. Toggle "Hide Inappropriate Comments" to automatically hide keywords that are "often reported as inappropriate."
  5. Or, add your own custom keywords in the text box, separating each with a comma.
  6. Tap "Done" to save your changes.
After previously allowing high-profile users, like businesses and various brands, to have access to the new feature, Instagram said that today marks its wide rollout to every user. Those who have yet to download the app can find Instagram for free on the iOS App Store. [Direct Link]

Article Link: Instagram Update Brings Anti-Harassment 'Keyword Moderation Tool' to All Users
 

keysofanxiety

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This is just absurd

I politely disagree. It's no more different than avoiding PRSI threads on MR.

If you're barraged with foul language and nasty comments every time you check an application, directly or indirectly, it kinda has a habit of grinding you down, y'know? Consciously choosing to surround yourself in positivity, rather than nihilistic pessimism, doesn't mean you're an easy-to-offend special snowflake.
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No we just dont want to be controlled by the commies sensoring us.

That's why it's a choice. An option. It's not mandatory and you can opt in or out as you prefer.
 
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Alonso Quijano

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Then you should probably get off the Internet. It's not a safe enough space for you.

Sorry but I don't care about being harassed online or anything, but that certainly doesn't mean I love seeing it :) I'm a very positive person and I have no room for negativity in my life and if some 14 year old can be blocked from my mentions then why not do it :)
 
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BrentD

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So what I'm hearing is that this is filtering based on words that YOU choose to filter out. Wondering if this hides the entire comment from you or just censors the word in question? Because Instagram is owned by Facebook. And I've been saying for years that Facebook should bring timeline filtering online. If I could filter out posts containing the words Trump, Clinton, Rodan+Fields, ItWorks, gun control, and a host of others from my news feed...oh what a wonderful world it would be.
 
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2010mini

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Must be that I'm too old. But how does one gets harassed on social media? Now if someone is calling you, texting you.... I can see that as harassment. But social media???? I can easily shut down any of my social accounts. I really do not have to go online. I have actual friends I can meet face to face and be social.

What someone I do not know posts anything negative online doesn't affect me.
 
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sudo1996

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But still "rolling out" two-factor authentication? Why doesn't everyone have this yet?
Maybe because consumers find it difficult to deal with. It would be easier if they had it from the start. Like, at this point, Google's auth is convoluted.
[doublepost=1473701794][/doublepost]Guys, MacRumors has even stricter comment quality control for all users. It's not necessarily about getting offended. People just don't want garbage in their comments.
 
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The world is a really sensitive place in 2016... you can't have an opinion, you can't call out people when they do something stupid (I still do) without offending them, etc.
 
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Yes, it's amazing the kind of awful things people will say to people they don't even know.

I think this is the problem. If there isn't any filter, you're exposed to it all. And it's not representative of real communication. People spew really toxic stuff. I don't use Instagram or any social media, but I see it in games, forums, etc. On the other hand, censoring has its problems. Someone else is controlling what you see and hear, and that is more dangerous than some 13yr old saying you look xyz.
 
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lunarworks

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The world is a really sensitive place in 2016... you can't have an opinion, you can't call out people when they do something stupid (I still do) without offending them, etc.
I'm about to blow your mind: You can have an opinion without being a dick about it.

The problem in 2016 isn't opinions. It's people with the emotional maturity of 12 year olds who can't express their opinions without throwing slurs and insults along with them.

Also, if your opinion itself is ignorant or offensive, you're going to get called out on it.
 
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GeneralChang

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I think this is the problem. If there isn't any filter, you're exposed to it all. And it's not representative of real communication. People spew really toxic stuff. I don't use Instagram or any social media, but I see it in games, forums, etc. On the other hand, censoring has its problems. Someone else is controlling what you see and hear, and that is more dangerous than some 13yr old saying you look xyz.
I don't think that's what this is. This is you controlling what you see and hear, not someone else. Instagram doesn't filter anything, they just give you a framework to set up your own filters.
 
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