Instagram will now let you control your comments in a small but significant update

Instagram will now let you control your comments in a small but significant update
Instagram is offering better comment tools to combat harassment. Ink Drop/Shutterstock
Instagram is offering better comment tools to combat harassment. Ink Drop/Shutterstock

While Instagram may be the place with the best Carly Rae Jepsen comments, it also has a harassment problem it’s been trying to handle with an AI system. In a blog post Tuesday, Instagram unveiled a much simpler way to combat trolls: comment control.

You’ll now be able to choose who comments on your posts: everyone, people you follow, your followers, or both the people you follow and your followers. For public and private accounts, you can choose specific people to block from commenting on your posts.

New comment options will reduce harassment.
New comment options will reduce harassment. Instagram

Until this update, as BuzzFeed notes, “you could only block comments from people one by one, and it wasn’t possible to limit large groups of people.”

Instagram is bolstering safety for users in other ways, too. A filter for offensive comments that was previously English-only now also supports Arabic, French, German and Portuguese. For live video, Instagram now lets you anonymously report an account if you feel the broadcaster needs help. The app will suggest to that user that they call a hotline or text a friend who can help them.

Anonymously submitting a live broadcaster to Instagram will signal to the social network that they may need help.
Anonymously submitting a live broadcaster to Instagram will signal to the social network that they may need help. Instagram

Online harassment remains a persistent issue across social media, especially as internet trolls evolve their tactics to circumvent community guidelines. The onus is on those platforms to keep up. Instagram’s newest comment tools, at the very least, are a good start. Carly Rae Jepsen would approve.