Instagram just made it easier to silence the trolls

The latest version of Instagram includes a customizable filter that should help lessen spam, troll or otherwise not-nice comments. Not only can you now auto-block comments on your photos featuring words usually flagged as inappropriate, but you can also add words you don't wish to see for your very own, tailor-made filter. 

Rolled out to some business-related Instagram accounts earlier this year, you now have much better control over what you see beneath your shared photos. It comes with the territory of being a massive social network that Instagram should get its fair share of user-generated bile. While it's unrealistic for Instagram to completely erase troll behavior, it's good to see that users can, to some degree, take matters into their own hands. Additionally, the blacklisting tool will make it somewhat easier to keep certain topics out of bounds within your personal space. 

As you can see from the screenshot, the new feature is very simple to use. Once you've updated to the latest version of Instagram, you can get filtering to your heart's content. As a reminder, Instagram's settings also include a feature to block individual users. If you experience constant abuse from the same account, then completely blocking them may be a more appropriate course of action. 

After the recent arrival of the long-awaited zoom feature, it's good to see that Instagram is focusing on the fundamental aspects of the experience. Like zoom, comment filtering is only available to iOS users at the moment, but should arrive to Android users very soon.

source: TechCrunch



1. Freeza

Posts: 95; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

Waiting for PA to do the same.

2. mahima

Posts: 727; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

then there will be no fans war, and pa will die softly and quietly...there are much better sites to get phone news...!!

3. mahima

Posts: 727; Member since: Nov 20, 2014


4. Unordinary unregistered

Like reddit. Just look at /r/Android comments praising Apple. Vise versa happens on the Apple sub.

17. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

That's the way it should be, not bashing on both sides.

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Then go!

20. mahima

Posts: 727; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

naaahhh...its fun to read those!!

7. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

All we need is a "Hide TechieXP Comments" button.

10. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

I do believe there is a difference between people that are trolling, and people saying stuff you do not want to hear, true or not.

12. AlikMalix unregistered

Techie always uses half truth and opinions, pushing them as "facts" he's a troll justifying his own stuff with half truths. I've been correcting him, but I'm tired - he posts the same copy/paste bs and you all feeding him green thumbs. - his crap is irritating because his facts are incomplete - using only best from all of android to argue against only worst from iOS. It's just as easy to do the same vice-versa, but people have lives outside this forum unlike him.

21. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

I rarely 'green thumb' anyone so yeah, don't recall upping him, my point is just that there's clearly sides on the whole Apple/Android argument, I am generally in the middle myself, but even that, when I comment on something I see as Apple hurting their own customer base, and Apple getting defended fanatically, with a lot of similar methods said, so yeah. And no I do not 'hate' Apple or am an android 'fan', I use the product I find the best for me personally, and I wonder about marketing methods and changes that objectively negatively affect customers. I know why Apple does some of those things, it is a solid business decision, but to say it is done to make a better product and such or for the consumers benefit?....lets just say I don't see that.

15. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

For real, it takes forever to scroll all the way past those long freakin posts.

5. lnhrts

Posts: 28; Member since: Apr 27, 2015

I don't need to see how stupid people are. I just want factual mobile device information. I will decide which device is best for me. End of story!

8. John-Knotts

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 28, 2015


6. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

I'd like to add that for iOS, whenever you visit someone's profile, there is now a mini text bar that says "Follows You" if someone is of course following you.

9. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Eh, unfortunately a lot of these things are easily bypassed so yeah...

11. whatev

Posts: 2205; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

PhoneArena should the same, all fandroids would be invisible and the world would be a better place

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

All trolls period, don't forget the iOS trolls.

18. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

+1, some trolls here are like "only [insert brand/OS I hate here] trolls should disappear."

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

We need it here.

19. Unordinary unregistered

I want pie

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