Instagram rolls out new feature called 'RESTRICT' to help fight bullying

Instagram announced on Wednesday that it's rolling out a new anti-bullying feature called "Restrict," which it's been testing since July. Here's how it works:
When you "Restrict" someone, their comments on your posts are only visible to them, and not others. Also, restricted users won't be able to see if you're active on Instagram at any given moment or if you've read their direct messages. Users can make a restricted person's comments show up for others by approving their comments. Instagram's reasoning for developing "Restrict" is that young Instagram users may be wary of blocking, unfollowing or reporting a bully because it could make the situation worse. Blocking or unfollowing the person could also make it harder to keep tabs on the bully's behavior. According to a 2018 study from Pew, 59% of US teens have been bullied or harassed online.

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