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Why Instagram's new changes are a big deal

The photo-sharing platform has released new updates to prevent cyber bullying and promote positivity

By Verinia Khoo | Published: 7 Dec 2016

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Instagram has announced a few new updates that everyone has wanted for a long time. The new changes are geared towards making everyone's social media experience a positive one and preventing bullies from lurking in the comments section.

One of the new features lets you like the comments posted on your photos, an update that works just like Facebook's. "Liking lets you show support and encourages positivity throughout the community," Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom said.

In addition to that, you can also turn off comments on any of your posts. Although that feature was previously only available to certain accounts (mostly celebrity accounts), Instagram is finally rolling it out to all users around the world in the coming weeks. Don't worry, you can always switch the comments back on when you're ready.

Plus, the app is also taking steps to help prevent self-harm. "If you believe that someone you care about may be thinking about injuring themselves, you can report it anonymously, and we will connect your friend to organisations that offer help," Kevin said.

You can also remove followers on your private accounts too! All you have to do is go to your Followers list, tap the '...' menu next to the names, and hit "Remove." The best part? The removed follower won't get notified.

An app update never sounded so good.

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