Instagram introduces comment-control features

Like the users of other social networks, Instagramers have to deal with their fair share of spam and online-abuse. Fortunately, you've had the ability to block specific words from your comments for a while, but today Instagram has introduced a number of additional features, all of which will become available in the coming weeks, that should help make your account and Instagram as a whole a more pleasant place. 

When posting a new image you can now disable commenting for the image in the new advanced settings menu. There is not yet an option for a global shutdown of commenting for your account, though. The ability to 'heart' a comment for it to encourage positive comments from others is a less drastic approach but likely less efficient as well. 

There is also a new feature for users with private accounts. Previously, you had to block contacts if you changed your mind about them seeing your images. Now you have the option to quietly remove them from your followers list, which they won't be notified about. 

Finally, there is a new function to alert Instagram about what it refers to as 'self-injury' posts. You can flag images if you are worried about the well-being of a users and a dedicated team at Instagram will then contact them and put them in touch with organizations that offer help. As a package these new features should help reduce spam and other unpleasant commenting on Instagram, as long as you put the time in and use them.  

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I mostly stick to Instagram these days to share photos and CAD projects. I find it to be a much nicer environment than Twitter (which I only use occasionally) and Facebook (which I quit and haven't gone back).

My wish is that each service had a simple check box for political posts so that we could each choose whether to allow politics on our feeds.

Politics is what made me quit Facebook. I was sick of the negativity. Twitter isn't much better. But with Instagram, at least there is substance (art, photography, design, etc.). It has a purpose. The others are just sounding chambers (in my opinion).

Dec 11, 2016

does "self-injury" include self-afflicted mental injuries, aka "stupid"? can we finally report those? =)

Dec 8, 2016*
M Chambers

So Instagram is going to revert to comic book language? Where people have to spell the F word with a "ph"?

They don't want to cause "self injury"? That's like tobacco companies saying they don't want smokers to become addicted.

Dec 7, 2016

Instagram: a site for your photos, not for your photography.

Dec 7, 2016

Dont be such a snob.. your pixel size and count does not make you a good photographer. There are many greater shooters out there in IG.. you are lokking in the wrong places!

Dec 7, 2016

What's instagram?

Dec 7, 2016

How's the signal under your rock there mate?

Dec 7, 2016

About as good as your sarcasm meter. ;)

Dec 8, 2016
Chris Giles
Chris Giles


Dec 6, 2016

The care free photographic nature of Instagram is long gone now it is just one big advertising spam platform and is no longer a social media site ...........the new control features are there to please advertisers

Dec 6, 2016*
Samuel Jessop

You follow the wrong people then. I follow hundreds of great photographers, and it suggests more great photographers based on who I follow.

Dec 7, 2016

No I do not follow one in particular but if you check out the last dozen updates most are commerce orientated. Instagram has to start making good money photographers contribute very little to its bottom line.

Photographers are there to sell their wares and themselves especially in this digital age where the money men expect photographers to make their images for free

Dec 7, 2016*

How about an "ignore" button in the comment section here?

Dec 6, 2016

Why not a drop-down list during account creation that makes you pick your favourite brand and only lets you see comments by the people who picked the same brand as you. No heathens to disturb our worship now.

Dec 9, 2016

Could we add a button here on Dpreview for people who obsess too much about gear. Lol.

Dec 6, 2016

That's the minimalist view - as you'd only get a blank page ;)

Dec 6, 2016

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