The Facebook-owned company said Monday it’s rolling out a new tool that will allow people to filter out offensive language from comments on their posts. It’s an extension of a capability first offered to businesses and celebrities a few months ago. Now all of the more than 500 million Instagram users throughout the world will have access to the capability.

The beauty of the Instagram community is the diversity of its members. All different types of people — from diverse backgrounds, races, genders, sexual orientations, abilities and more — call Instagram home, but sometimes the comments on their posts can be unkind. To empower each individual, we need to promote a culture where everyone feels safe to be themselves without criticism or harassment. It’s not only my personal wish to do this, I believe it’s also our responsibility as a company. So, today, we’re taking the next step to ensure Instagram remains a positive place to express yourself. – Kevin Systrom
CEO & Co-founder, Instagram

Users can either enable a filter that will automatically block a default list of words to hide them from Instagram comments, or users can customize the keyword list. To learn more about comments on Instagram, click here.


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