Instagram continues to make changes to its platform in an effort to make the experience more positive for everyone involved.
Today, Instagram is testing and rolling out multiple new features that the company hopes will continue to make the platform a more positive experience for users. First up, the new feature available now for users — the ability to delete comments in bulk. The new feature will let users delete up to 25 messages in one fell swoop, and it will also let users block or restrict multiple accounts at once. Instagram believes this will help users with large follow counts keep a “positive environment” on their shared content.
First, we’re launching a new feature to help people manage multiple unwanted interactions at once. We know it can feel overwhelming to manage a rush of negative comments, so we’ve been testing the ability to delete comments in bulk, as well as block or restrict multiple accounts that post negative comments. Early feedback has been encouraging, and we’ve found that it helps people, especially with larger followings, maintain a positive environment on their account.
Here’s how Instagram details how to activate the feature:
To enable this feature on iOS, tap on a comment and then the dotted icon in the top right corner. Select Manage Comments and choose up to 25 comments to delete at once. Tap More Options to block or restrict accounts in bulk. To block or restrict accounts on Android, press and hold on a comment, tap the dotted icon and select Block or Restrict.
Instagram is also making it possible for users to select who can actually tag or mention them in posts. Users will be able to choose to let anyone tag/mention them, only people they follow, or no one at all. This includes not just in stories, but also comments and captions. This tool can be found in the privacy settings page.
The social network is testing the ability to pin comments to the top of a post, allowing folks who post content to promote positive feedback and a positive environment.
In addition to removing negative comments, we want to give people an easy way to amplify and encourage positive interactions. Soon, we’ll begin testing Pinned Comments. This feature gives people a way to set the tone for their account and engage with their community by pinning a select number of comments to the top of their comments thread.
These new features will definitely help Instagram users with large followers, but the company seems to think it will be a net benefit for all users in the future.
Instagram is available now from the App Store for free.