Saturday, November 28, 2020

Instagram Will Soon Let You Filter Comments on Your Own Account

Must read

Lee Schafer: Soon-to-premiere movie touts Minnesota’s vibrant, diverse tech industry

The most crucial target audience for a brand new documentary film on Minnesota's era start-up scene can be the 500 or so typically locals...

How Companies Are Developing More Apps With Fewer Developers

A fast-growing technology helps fill a tech skills gap. Tried to hire software developers lately? Then you know how tough (and expensive) it can be....

Your Nerd-Speak Might Be Hurting Your Company

You may have heard people say ‘the guy drank his own Kool-aid’ and I’m sure you all know what it means, but if you...

Africa: Law Pavilion Unveils 1st Legal Analytics Software in Africa

By Adelanwa Bamgboye Nigeria has spearheaded innovations in the legal technologies industry in Africa, as LawPavilion unveiled a new Legal Analytics software called 'LawPavilion Prime'. Ope...




Instagram is taking an unusual step to deal with the complicated ethics of online commenting. It’s giving users the ability to make the choice about what’s acceptable or not for themselves.

Read More Articles :

The network will soon allow all users to filter their own comment streams – and, if they wish, completely turn off comments – on their own posts. While Instagram has general policies for what constitutes acceptable speech on its network, different words or phrases are offensive to different people. So this new feature is designed to let users take the mood of their accounts into their own hands and weed out comments that use terms that account holders find personally offensive.

Instagram Will Soon Let You Filter Comments on Your Own Account

“Our goal is to make Instagram a friendly, fun and, most importantly, safe place for self-expression,” said Instagram’s head of public policy, Nicky Jackson Colaco, in a statement to The Post. “We have slowly begun to offer accounts with high volume comment threads the option to moderate their comment experience. As we learn, we look forward to improving the comment experience for our broader community.”

Is this the feature that was rumored to be used by Taylor Swift during her spat with Kim Kardashian and Kanye West last week? Instagram declined to comment. But, as Jackson Colaco’s statement said, the firm has been testing the feature on prominent accounts ahead of its release.
High-profile accounts will also be the first to get the feature as it goes live, as this gives Instagram the most valuable feedback in the shortest amount of time. All users will see the filtering feature in their accounts in the coming weeks.

Instagram will also let users decide to switch off comments on their accounts on a post-by-post basis. That feature will roll out to high-volume accounts first, but it will reach all accounts in the near future.

These features, of course, are yet another way for Instagram to deal with the problem that all social media networks face: harassment. It is a tricky problem, of course, as networks often get accused of being complicit in harassment when they are hands-off, and are accused of censorship when they implement new policies. Companies are sometimes then put in the awkward position of deciding, unilaterally, what is and isn’t acceptable speech on their networks. Those decisions often alienate one group or another – something that can limit a social network’s reach. That’s certainly not in the best interest of Instagram, which is growing fast and now has 500 million monthly active users.

By putting these controls in the hands of users, Instagram has decided to let individual people and businesses make the decision about where to draw the line about what’s acceptable for them. That has its downsides. The possibility of heavy filtering is something that all users should take into account if they turn to the social network to get a read on what people think about a certain topic or to make decisions about which products to buy.

Then again, there’s also something to be said for allowing people to use social media as a vehicle for expression without having to face the vitriol that so often pops up online — harassment that can sometimes silence some voices completely.




More articles

Latest article

Lee Schafer: Soon-to-premiere movie touts Minnesota’s vibrant, diverse tech industry

The most crucial target audience for a brand new documentary film on Minnesota's era start-up scene can be the 500 or so typically locals...

How Companies Are Developing More Apps With Fewer Developers

A fast-growing technology helps fill a tech skills gap. Tried to hire software developers lately? Then you know how tough (and expensive) it can be....

Your Nerd-Speak Might Be Hurting Your Company

You may have heard people say ‘the guy drank his own Kool-aid’ and I’m sure you all know what it means, but if you...

Africa: Law Pavilion Unveils 1st Legal Analytics Software in Africa

By Adelanwa Bamgboye Nigeria has spearheaded innovations in the legal technologies industry in Africa, as LawPavilion unveiled a new Legal Analytics software called 'LawPavilion Prime'. Ope...

Higher Education Notes: Buena Vista University president will resign to aid son with autism

The president of Buena Vista University announced last week he had made the “gut-wrenching” decision to step down to assist his adult son, who...