Instagram is now launching and testing several new features that aim to make the social media app a more positive place.
The company says it’s rolling out the ability for users to delete up to 25 comments at once, and also block or restrict multiple accounts at the same time. After testing these features the company claimed that it enabled users with a larger following to maintain a “positive environment.”
Instagram now also gives users more power over who can tag or mention them in a post. People can choose if they want everyone, only people they follow, or nobody to be able to tag or mention them in a post, caption, or story. This will also help get rid of unwanted bots in the comments. This tool can be found on the Privacy settings page.
Additionally, the ability to pin comments to the top of a post is being tested. People can pin multiple comments too, similarly to how YouTube allows comments to be pinned to the top of the comments section below videos. This allows creators to highlight positive conversations on their posts.
All of these features are likely most useful for people with significant followers who could be targeted by random users, but the company says the tools are also intended to “fight online bullying.”