Being public on Instagram is public in the true sense of the word. Anyone can see what you post—and once something is out there, it’s pretty much impossible to get it back. You might want to make your account private so the only people who see your posts are the people that you want to see your posts.
Sometimes the comments on a post can get out of hand and even go places that have nothing to do with what you put up. If you’re uneasy with a conversation going on in your comments, you can try letting people know by saying something like “Hey, I think this has run its course. Let’s move on.” If that doesn’t work, you can also delete comments or change your commenting settings.
You can control who can comment on your posts. In the “Comments” section of the app settings, choose to:
You can also hide offensive comments and add a filter to hide specific words or phrases from your posts and stories.
Restrict is a new way to protect your account from unwanted interactions. If someone is being aggressive or negative in your comment section, you can put them on a “Restricted” list.
Comments from people you restrict will only be visible to them unless you approve them. Restricted people also won’t be able to see when you’re online or when you’ve read their messages. If you aren’t ready to unfollow or block someone, you could try starting with “Restrict.”
You may feel more comfortable using “Restrict” or “Mute” as an initial response, and then blocking or unfollowing if the problem persists.
To Restrict a user:
If someone’s behaviour is impacting you negatively and muting isn’t enough, block them. It’s the best way to stop drama in its tracks. They won’t be able to view your posts or find you in search, and they won’t be notified that you did it.
To block or unblock someone:
For more support visit Blocking people help Instagram page
If someone is being aggressive online, consider if and how you want to respond. You can mute, unfollow, or block them using the tools on this page, or set your account to private. You can also report posts and profiles that are engaging in abusive or harassing behaviour. If bullying is affecting your wellbeing, try reaching out to a friend or family member to talk about it
Reporting is totally anonymous. You can also use this Instagram form to make a report about posts or people on the platform.
When you report on Instagram, it will be reviewed by moderators and they will take action if it breaks community guidelines.
You want to get inspired to make changes and explore new things, but not get into a space where you feel like you can’t win because you are lacking something someone else has.
It’s not unusual for people to post only the most positive aspects of their lives and to manipulate their images to look perfect.
Try to keep in mind that you’re just seeing one part of their life, one that they’ve perfected and polished.
It’s cool to link up with the people in your fandom—it’s how many great friendships are made. It’s probably best, though, to stay clear of the toxic side of fan culture, where people gang up on others and bully or harass them. Who wants to be a part of that?
Check in with yourself after you’ve been online for a bit. If you‘re thinking about all the things you need to change—your hair, your body, the way you dress—maybe you need to adjust the way you are experiencing Instagram. Look for people and accounts that connect you to new and existing interests, and make you feel good about yourself.
Remember that—even if you have a private account—there are ways to post that are even more selective. You can use the “Close Friends” setting on stories so that only certain people see them. People who are unable to see the story won’t know that they are missing something.
To create your close friends list using the Instagram app:
Sometimes you really just want to share with a few people. That’s smart!
When things are really personal, you can feel really vulnerable. Instagram Direct is the most private way to share on Instagram, so consider using it in these situations.
To send a direct message (text, image, or video):
Got a question on how to any Instagram features? Visit the help centre for more support.
See these Safer Internet Day tips to help you explore and express your online identity safely.
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