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Instagram lets users block bullies

News you want to use week 29.

Instagram is once again trying to fight back against bullies. The company announced two new anti-bullying features: a warning when you post negative comments, and the ability to “restrict” certain people from publicly commenting on your posts. The feature doesn’t prevent people from leaving negative comments, but it will nudge the poster to “rethink” what they are saying before posting. “Are you sure you want to post this?” the message says. “We’re asking people to rethink comments that seem similar to others that have been reported.” Separately, Instagram added a new “restrict” feature that may be more helpful for people dealing with bullying or harassment that’s more targeted. Restrict is essentially a middle ground between blocking and doing nothing. The feature is “testing in select countries,” according to Instagram, but will be widely available later this year.

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