Instagram rolls out anti-bully feature

Published October 3, 2019, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Gabriela Baron

The social media platform announced on Wednesday that it’s rolling out a new feature called “Restrict.”

Instagram announced that it will be rolling new tool called “Restrict.” (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu/MANILA BULLETIN)

Instagram head Adam Mosseri declared earlier this year that Instagran wants to “lead the fight against online bullying”.

Mosseri said that they had been testing the new tool since July.

According to a report by CNN, when you “Restrict” a user, comments on your posts from that person are only visible to them and not to other people. Restricted users also won’t see if you’re active on Instagram or if you’ve read their direct messages.

According to the social network, its reason for developing the new tool is that young Instagram users may be wary of blocking, unfollowing, or reporting a bully because it could worsen the situation.

“Blocking or unfollowing the person could also make it harder to keep tabs on the bully’s behavior,” it said.

The company also launches a tool that uses artificial intelligence to tell users when a comment could be considered offensive before it’s posted.

“[We are] working to better define what bullying on the platform looks like in all its forms. [We] met with teens and parents to learn more,” it ended.