Instagram’s latest update has introduced new anti-bullying features. These will help filter out negative comments by warning users and even hiding comments that break the community guidelines, but the company could do more.
The update comes as part of Instagram’s ten-year birthday celebration, which also includes classic icons and a new Stories Archive. The most important change, though, are the new features dedicated to fighting online bullies, which include expanded comment warnings and a system to completely hide comments considered offensive. While a step in the right direction, the new features continue to fall short of the actions Instagram needs to take, according to one expert.
“I think Instagram is taking a step in the right direction, but it’s not enough,” Makaila Nichols, best-selling author of Blatantly Honest: Normal Teen, Abnormal Life, said in an email interview. “It’s so simple for a bully to make a multitude of fake accounts, but what’s to stop them from doing that if they lose their account the first time?”