How to Enable Instagram’s New Comment Keyword Blacklist

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Instagram rolled out a feature designed to help users avoid comment trolls, keyword blacklisting. The feature will block comments with an Instagram-chosen list of keywords “often reported as offensive.” You can also add your own keywords. Comments with those keywords will be hidden from your posts. Here’s how to enable it:

Enabling Keyword Blacklisting in Instagram Comments

First, update to version 9.3 of Instagram, which was released on Monday, September 12th. Under Options, you’ll see a new Comments section, as shown below. You’ll have to scroll down a bit, as it’s below the Language options.

Options' Comments Controls in Instagram version 9.3

Options’ Comments Controls in Instagram version 9.3

Next, tap Comments:

Comments Controls in Instagram version 9.3

Comments Controls in Instagram version 9.3

As shown in the screenshot, keyword blocking is turned off by default. Turning it on activated Instagram’s safe-space-friendly keyword blocking. Adding in your own keywords blocks comments with just those words. Using both controls stacks.

Instagram Comment Keyword Blacklist Enabled, with Optional Keywords Added

Instagram Comment Keyword Blacklist Enabled, with Optional Keywords Added

Instagram 9.3 is a free update, and it’s available now on the App Store.

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