It's no secret that Instagram is a bit of a free-for-all in some respects. Every day, I fend off the usual swarm of bots and comments offering me services of questionable legality. Instagram seems to have recognized this, introducing several new tools today, all designed around increased control and positivity in the app experience.
New Comment Features
Instagram users now have the ability to disable comments on a per-post basis. If you expect a post to be controversial or it's garnering inappropriate comments, you can disable comments both before and after the post is created. To do so before, simply select "Advanced Settings" on the draft screen, and to do so after, select the "..." menu in the top right corner of an individual post.
In addition to allowing one to disable comments, Instagram is rolling out the ability to like comments in an effort to promote actions that "show support and encourage positivity throughout the community."
Account Control and Reporting Features
In addition to the new commenting features, Instagram has also made it easier to remove followers from a private account. Before this update, if you had a private account (though if you're a photographer and don't have a public account, I urge you to reconsider), the only way to remove a follower you had approved was to block them. Now, one can easily remove the offending follower without going through the extra steps of blocking them.
Lastly, Instagram has added the ability to anonymously report friends who may be in danger of hurting themselves. The Instagram team will review the report and if necessary, will reach out to the friend with support options.
Altogether, the most recent update is a great step forward in enabling better user control and enhancing discussion on the popular image-sharing platform.