Instagram will now ask you to think twice before posting profanities

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Restricted people won't also be able to see when you're active on Instagram or when you've read their direct messages.

Users who do not want to use the existing "limited comment" function that restricts commenting to a selected group of friends will now effectively be able to determine who posts on their supposedly public posts by controlling whose posts can be seen by anybody.

In addition to that, Instagram has already put an offensive comment filter in place that automatically screens bullying comments concerning a person's appearance, or even threats to a person.

Instagram has had a major problem with online bullying on its platform and Adam Mosseri, the head of the Facebook-owned company, says he'd rather have fewer users than allow bullies to thrive.

English-speaking Instagram users will have the new tool first, but the company plans to make it available to users globally in the future, reported the BBC.

Instagram will now give you a comment warning if you post something offensive.

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Instagram is trying to tackle bullying head-on on its platform, and these two new features, according to the company's chief are "grounded in a deep understanding of how people bully each other and how they respond to bullying on Instagram, but they're only two steps on a longer path".

The first feature, which is meant to prevent bullying, uses artificial intelligence (AI) to flag comments before they are posted.

He said: "This intervention gives people a chance to reflect and undo their comment and prevents the recipient from receiving the harmful comment notification". Personally, I find this one more useful because it puts you in control. As per Instagram, both these features are being rolled out to curb bullying on the platform. As it turns out, it's not always that simple.

Instagram said often people don't block, unfollow, or report their bullies, because "it could escalate the situation". In addition, some of these actions "make it hard for a target to keep track of their bully's behavior".

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