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Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Instagram to introduce shadow ban for cyber-bullies

Instagram has announced that its working to root out bullying on its platform with a new tool that effectively allows users to shadow ban people who are bullying them.
The new feature would make comments from a bully invisible to everyone but themselves, in essence leaving them shouting into a void without realizing that their comments are not being seen by others.

The new feature is much more deliberate, allowing users to corral their bullies away from the rest of their followers. In a blog post explaining the new tool, Instagram said they settled on the one-party-privy exile because of users' fear that outright blocking their bullies might result in escalation.

Instagram head Adam Mosseri said “We’ve heard from young people in our community that they’re reluctant to block, unfollow, or report their bully because it could escalate the situation, especially if they interact with their bully in real life, some of these actions also make it difficult for a target to keep track of their bully’s behavior.”

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