Given that so many people are constantly battling comment trolls, both celebrities and general users may not have to battle it for much longer on Instagram.
According to The Washington Post, it will soon be a reality for users to filter their comments, and if they want, they can also turn off comments completely on posts.
Like Facebook in terms of business pages, there is rumored to be phrases or words that will be able to be nixed with this new update.
From The Washington Post:
“Our goal is to make Instagram a friendly, fun and, most importantly, safe place for self expression," said Instagram's head of public policy, Nicky Jackson Colaco, in a statement to The Post. "We have slowly begun to offer accounts with high volume comment threads the option to moderate their comment experience. As we learn, we look forward to improving the comment experience for our broader community.”
Many are already jumping to the conclusion that the change comes after the spat between singer Taylor Swift and Rapper-Celebrity Duo Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West, but Instagram declined to comment if that was the reason, but that "high profile accounts will also be the first to get the feature as it goes live in the coming weeks."
Considering how much trolling that came Swift's way in the form of snake emojis with the Wests, and prior to designer Rachel Roy when singer Beyonce released her tell all album Lemonade on her husband/rapper JAY Z's infidelity, it could be possible that the change has been made with those cases in mind.
This isn't the newest change that parent company Facebook has made to Instagram's set up - first the algorithm changed to show you what it "thinks" you want to see, and now Instagram will also offer to you to make your account a business account, which we can only assume gives you the same type of algorithm as the Facebook Pages app does - i.e. You'll eventually have to pay to be seen. But that's all conjecture at this point.
There's no definitive date when this troll-blocker will become active for normal Instagram users, but it's safe to say we're at the point in society where nobody can take a good trolling anymore - but it does also help in the case of bullies.
Amy Cooper is a writer and pop culture fact nerd, and on multiple occasions has been referred to as a “Walking iPod.”