Instagram has announced multiple new features in an effort to curb online harassment and abuse. In September, the company affirmed its commitment to protecting its users, and, on Tuesday, Instagram announced features that will allow users to block comments on posts, remove followers from private accounts, and anonymously report self-injury posts.
Instagram previously introduced a feature that allows users to filter out keywords from their comment sections on posts, but now users will be able to disable comments entirely. The “Turn Off Commenting” option allows posts to stand on their own, while users have the option to turn comments back on at any time.
Instagram users with private accounts were previously unable to remove other accounts from their followers without blocking them. Now, users can remove followers from private accounts and the users will not be notified.
Users will also be able to anonymously report posts that indicate possible self-harm or injury. Instagram says they will then connect the user to organizations that offer support. "We have teams working 24 hours a day, seven days a week, around the world to review these reports." the company promises.