Instagram is the first to take a step towards online harassment protection and prevention. The popular social media platform officially rolled out its comment moderation tools and blocklists. Read the in-depth story by TechCrunch to hear from Instagram's co-founder and CEO regarding the new features.

Instagram today is rolling out a feature to all its users that will allow everyone to decide for themselves how they want to moderate comments on the photo-sharing service. First launched for business accounts in July, the social network is now making its default and custom comment keyword blacklists available to all users.

This new feature will allow people to either enable a filter that will automatically block a default list of words to hide from their Instagram comments, or, with the custom keyword list, they can go further and choose certain words that they don’t want to see in the comments on their posts.

This latter option could also help Instagram account owners keep certain topics off-limits, even if the words themselves weren’t considered “abusive.”

Both options can now be enabled by any user in their Instagram profile settings. Taylor Swift was reportedly an early tester of this tool, ahead of its public launch.

Instagram had previously introduced other comment moderation tools, like swiping to delete comments, the ability to report inappropriate comments, and the ability to block user accounts.

Features like these are important because Instagram is public by default, and also typically used for personal photo sharing, that’s a ripe target for bullies and trolls...

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