There are some new Instagram features for y’all Instagrammers to try out this week.
First, the photo sharing app has introduced the comment moderation tool that will enable users to filter out “potentially offensive comments from their posts”. Users can not only block a pre-selected set of offensive words chosen by the app, but also customise a list of keywords they don’t want to see.
To activate the tool, which was made available on Monday (12 September), simply click “Comments” under “Settings” and turn on the “Hide Inappropriate Comments” option.
In speaking with Mashable, Facebook’s director of public policy in Australia and New Zealand stated that the words (including hashtags and emojis) selected by Instagram for its default list will not be revealed, as it fears persistent users will figure out how to get around the filter. But don’t worry, the company has become pretty good at knowing which words are likely to offend.
The 2nd update is another Snapchat-inspired feature that allows users to save the photos and videos that they post to their “Stories” automatically. By tapping the “Settings” icon in the “Stories” camera interface, users will be able to switch on the “Save Shared Photos” option.
In addition, they can also mute the stories of people they follow. If you aren’t interested in someone’s story, tap and hold their profile picture in the “Stories” bar. This will move that person’s “Stories” to the end of the bar and it won’t appear until you un-mute it.
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