Instagram is finally giving its users the power to disable comments in their feeds. The Facebook owned photo sharing app said on Tuesday it is adding a feature to allow people to turn off comments on individual Instagram posts.Instagram users can now choose to “turn off commenting” before posting an image. It can also be reversed should users change their mind after posting.
CEO Kevin Systrom said in a blog post that the move is a part of a greater effort to keep the community a “welcoming and safe place for everyone.”
In August, Kylie Jenner appeared to test an early version of the tool. Fans were able to Like her posts but not leave comments.
Instagram said it will be adding the ability to Like comments on posts. This will be displayed via an heart icon located next to the comment in a bid to “encourage positivity.”
In a bid to give users more control, those with private accounts will be able to more easily remove followers they no longer want to access to their accounts.
Instagram previously said it is adding a feature that lets users anonymously report friends who might be struggling with suicide and depression. The company will review and connect them to an organization for help.
The company also introduced a filter tool in September that allows users to block posts containing specific keywords.
Instagram has also added the ability to swipe to delete comments, block users or report inappropriate comments.
Systeom said the features won’t be available to everyone just yet, it will gradually be available to all users in the coming weeks.