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New Instagram features will let users ‘like’ comments, remove followers

Posted: 6:59 PM, Dec 06, 2016
Updated: 2016-12-06 18:59:13-05

NEW YORK — The founders behind Instagram are beginning to roll out a new set of features that let users react to comments and remove followers on private accounts, adding onto the numerous changes that have already been made recently to the app.

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As part of a new update, users will be able to turn off comments on their posts. (Instagram)

As part of its continued “commitment to keeping Instagram a positive place for self-expression,” the app will soon launch its newest round of updates, co-founder and CEO Kevin Systrom said in a blog post Tuesday .

Adding onto a feature introduced in September that let users filter comments based on keywords, people will soon be able to turn off comments on any post. The comments are where the majority of conversation happens on the app  and Instagram wants users to have “more control” over ones that are “not always kind or welcome,” Systrom.

Like Facebook, users will soon be able to “like” comments on photos across the platform.

Additionally, users with private accounts — who already can control their followers by having to approve each one — can remove followers without blocking them. This way, Systom says, users can revoke access from negative followers without them receiving a notification.

Instagram is also providing away for users to help others they think may be at risk of self-injury.  Users can report someone anonymously and Instagram, who has teams working around the clock to monitor them, will connect the person with organizations that offer help.

These features add on to a number of dramatic changes Instagram has made this year, including Instagram Stories and its new logo and design.