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Instagram finally allows users to turn off comments and remove followers

Instagram announced on Tuesday (December 6, 2016) that it’s giving users more ways to combat abuse in the social media platform.

Instagram CEO and Co-Founder Kevin Systrom wrote in a blog post that in a few weeks, every Instagram users will be allowed to disable comments in their posts, adding to the already existing feature of filtering comments based on keywords. The “Turn Off Commenting” feature was previously only available to a “small number of accounts.”

In addition, Systrom announced that private Instagram accounts will soon be able to remove followers. Previously, private account owners needed to block a specific person in order to unfollow a specific account.

Meanwhile, Instagram is also adding additional features like the ability to report self-injury posts and the ability to like a comment by tapping a heart icon.

These updates, according to Systrom, mark Instagram’s effort to maintain its platform as a “welcoming and safe place for everyone.”

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