New Changes To Make Instagram A 'Kinder' Place

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A bunch of new tools are coming to Instagram - designed to "foster kindness" on the platform. I'm not sure they'll stop me waking up to comments like these, though.

"Soon you may notice a screen over sensitive photos and videos when you scroll through your feed or visit a profile," Instagram said in a blog post today. "While these posts don't violate our guidelines, someone in the community has reported them and our review team has confirmed they are sensitive."

Instagram says the change means you'll be less likely to have "surprising or unwanted experiences" whilst on Instagram. You'll need to tap on the screen to reveal the image, not unlike what's been happening on Facebook for a while now.

Two-factor authentication has also rolled out to every user - so do it. It's an extra layer of security that means you'll need to input a code when you log in, and it definitely makes your account safer. While you're at it,update your password to something not ridiculously easy or common to guess.

Instagram have also made a whole new site where you can learn all about account blocking, comment controls, photo tagging and how to build a positive community - including details of real life meet-ups with other Instagram users.

"Our teams are focused on making Instagram a kind, welcoming place for everyone," Instagram said "and we're just getting started".

For now, I'm off to block more spammers.

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