According to a new report from the Washington Post, Instagram will give all of its users the ability to moderate the comments on their posts. The feature is expected to rollout gradually over the next few months.
The news follows the company’s launch of comment moderation for businesses, which allows them to block comments that contain words and phrases flagged as offensive. The planned moderation feature will reportedly go live for high profile accounts first, aiding in the elimination of abuse.
The Washington Post received the following comment from Instagram Head of Public Policy Nicky Jackson Colaco:
“Our goal is to make Instagram a friendly, fun and, most importantly, safe place for self expression. We have slowly begun to offer accounts with high volume comment threads the option to moderate their comment experience. As we learn, we look forward to improving the comment experience for our broader community.”
The feature will reportedly allow users to filter comments in their thread and will give users the ability to completely turn off commenting for specific posts.
The idea is to put moderation in the hands of the individual account owner. What one person finds acceptable another may find offensive, so each person can choose which words and comments are appropriate on their own posts.