More specifically, Instagram's new features include an anonymous reporting tool which one can use to flag worrisome posts such as those with content related to self harm or suicide. After reporting the post, the individual would receive a message of support, as well as suggestions for help such as organization recommendations, local help-lines, and reminders to reach out to loved ones.
"What’s interesting about Instagram’s tool is that it isn’t only triggered by anonymous reporting. Instagram’s app will also direct users to the support message when they search the service for certain hashtags, like the banned search term #thinspo, for example, which is associated with eating disorders."
Additional tools also include the ability to disable comments for posts or create customizable block-lists which prevent certain individuals from commenting on one's posts. Earlier this year, this was an option only available to celebrities, but will soon become an option for all. The idea behind this tool was to reduce online bullying, which often can be quite detrimental to youth's self-esteem, mental wellbeing and ultimately their safety.
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