1 August 2016
Instagram has introduced an anti-harassment feature on its application to reduce the use of abusive words and emojis, The Washington Post reports.
The feature is not available to every user yet, but has been applied by some celebrities, Hyacinth Mascarenhas, reports for the newspaper.
Though Instagram is fun to be on, constant use of negative words and emojis on innocent users sometimes make staying on the application hellish.
The application has a history of users attacking one another in the comment section of uploaded pictures. Celebrities in particular usually fall victim.
The new step devised by writers of the application to combat this growing trend takes the form of a feature which will allow users to moderate their experience by banning certain words, phrases and emojis from comments.
The feature which according to the report was first made available to celebrities and allows users to turn off comments altogether.
Head of Instagram’s Public Policy, Nicky Jackson Colaco, told Washington Post that the the goal is to make Instagram a friendly application.
“Our goal is to make Instagram friendly, fun and, most importantly, safe place for self expression.
“We have slowly begun to offer accounts with high volume comment threads the option to moderate their comment experience. As we learn, we look forward to improving the comment experience for our broader community.”
The company declined to comment on whether the feature was used in the recent Taylor Swift “Snakegate” fiasco where hundreds of snake emojis were mysteriously removed from her account in the wake of her Famous feud with Kanye West and Kim Kardashian.