TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – Instagram has updated its anti-bullying feature to help users filter out comments containing inappropriate messages. The update was launched to coincide with Instagram’s tenth anniversary on October 6.
“We will remain focused on keeping people safe and building new features that fight oppression, increase equality, handle justice and make people feel supported,” wrote the head of Instagram, Adam Mosseri on the official Instagram page.
The Verge reported on Wednesday, October 7, 2020, that this feature will automatically hide comments with words that have been reported as posts perundungan. The comment is not completely lost, users can still view comments by tapping the “View Hidden Comments” option on the hidden comments.
Instagram will also issue a warning to users who repeatedly post comments that have the potential to personally offend other users. Even the account of the bully can be deleted by Instagram if the user does not heed the warning and keeps posting comments containing hurtful remarks.
This anti-bullying feature update is a firm step for Instagram in an effort to suppress bullying that often occurs on Instagram. Previously, Instagram only gave a warning to bullies that their comments contained inappropriate words or sentences.
Instagram itself in 2017 was said to be social media the most cyber bullying. A survey published by the anti-bullying charity, Ditch The Label, found that of the 10,000 young people aged 12 and 20 who participated in the survey, 42 percent admitted to being targets of bullying on Instagram.
MASHABLE | THE VERGE | MUHAMMAD AMINULLAH | EZ