Social media sites are more popular than ever. It's estimated that by the year 2018 there will be 2.67 billion people on social networks worldwide. Over 68 percent of people with internet access were active on social media in 2016.
One downside of using social media sites is having to deal with internet trolls. They are people who post inflammatory comments looking to upset people or start arguments. The good news is there is a new tool that will help you kick those trolls to the curb.
Instagram has a new feature that will allow you to keep trolls from posting obnoxious comments on your pictures. The "keyword moderation tool" will automatically block comments containing specific words. You can use the default list of words provided by Instagram, or create your own list of words that you find offensive.
You won't be able to see comments posted on your photos that contain words on the list after you enable the feature. Only the person who wrote the offensive comments will see them. They will be invisible to everyone else.
Enabling the keyword moderation tool
Here is how you can start using the keyword moderation tool:
- Go to your Instagram Profile and click on the Options menu.
- Click on "Comments."
- Select "Hide Inappropriate Comments." This will block all comments with words found on Instagram's standard keyword list.
- There is also a custom keywords section where you can add more words that you find offensive. Just type them into that section and separate each word or phrase with a comma.
- Hashtags, numbers, phrases and even emojis can be added to the custom keyword filter.
Once you have enabled this feature, all comments that contain words from your list will be hidden. This includes both new and old posts. If later you turn the filter off or take out some of the custom keywords, comments that include those keywords will be visible again to everyone.
Instagram has other tools to try and protect its clients from abuse. You are able to block accounts, report offensive comments and even swipe to delete comments.