But first, the smallest update: Instagram now automatically includes a link to the corresponding Facebook page for the account (on the web version only). This is great for businesses who want attention on Facebook. Hopefully this will be added to the mobile version, too!
Now, for the bigger update:
Today, Instagram announced new features that give you more control over your account, especially if you are the subject of online bullying. These tools will help users avoid harassment on their posts, as well as give them the ability to quietly remove followers. These features may end up being used only in extreme scenarios, but they are nice to have just in case you need them.
As of today, you can:
- Turn off comments on individual Instagram posts – After you write a caption for your photo, click on Advanced Settings at the very bottom of the screen. Flip the switch to turn off commenting. If you turn off commenting, it will apply to that individual post only.
COOL NEWS: You can go to any previous Instagram posts and turn on/off commenting. Just press on the three little horizontal dots and select Turn Off Commenting, like this:
- Like someone else’s comment – You can now express your agreement, respect, and affection for comments you see on Instagram. Just click the little heart icon next to a comment. I’m sure you didn’t need instructions for that. The tiny heart is a symbol we all know and love! Note: Instagram will not yet use the number of likes on comments to rank them, as they are on Facebook. Keyword: yet.
- Remove followers from your private account – If your account is private, you can quietly remove followers. Click the three small horizontal dots and select Remove. The person will not be notified! *Phew*
- Anonymously report followers who you believe to be self-harming -As explained by Instagram:
“If you believe that someone you care about may be thinking about injuring themselves, you can report it anonymously, and we will connect your friend to organizations that offer help. We have teams working 24 hours a day, seven days a week, around the world to review these reports.”
What do you think of these new features? Do you think you’ll use them?