Instagram empowers users to silence harassing commenters

Instagram is introducing a new comment monitoring system that will give individual users control over their comment section in hopes of curbing online harassment.

While Instagram has it own site-wide commenting policies, this new feature will allow users to filter out comments with words they have deemed offensive. Users will also be able to disable comments entirely on a picture by picture basis.

For years, social media sites played the freedom of speech card and chose not to censor or monitor comments, but that mind-set is shifting, and the need for intervention is starting to overcome the desire for completely free and open discourse online. READ MORE.