Instagram To Ask Users To Rethink Before Posting Something Offensive
New Delhi: Photo-sharing app Instagram will ask users to rethink if they are about to post something that could be considered offensive.
The pictorial site has started rolling out the new feature and early tests have found it can encourage some people to undo their comment and share something less hurtful, says Adam Mosseri, Instagram’s CEO.
An example of how the feature works would be where a person types “you are so ugly and stupid”, and is then interrupted with a notice saying: “Are you sure you want to post this? Learn more”.
If the user clicks “learn more”, a notice crops up saying: “We are asking people to rethink comments that seem similar to others that have been reported.”
“This intervention gives people a chance to reflect and undo their comment and prevents the recipient from receiving the harmful comment notification,” says Mosseri.
Instagram is also due to launch another tool, called Restrict, designed to help users filter abusive comments without needing to block others. The tool will mean that restricted people will not be able to see when a user is active on Instagram or when direct messages have been read.