Instagram rolled out an update Monday allowing users to block "inappropriate comments" on their posts and set filters for specific words.
In a statement released Monday, Instagram CEO and co-founder Kevin Systrom says the filtering tools were added to help maintain the photo-sharing app as a "positive and creative place" for users.
"We know tools aren’t the only solution for this complex problem, but together, we can work towards keeping Instagram a safe place for self-expression," said Systrom.
The settings option on Instagram now includes a section for Comments, where users can choose to hide words or phrases "often reported as inappropriate." Users can go a step further and create custom words to tailor the experience.
The features are part of a broader set of tools Instagram users can access to curb abuse, such as deleting comments or blocking accounts.
Because some users can remain largely anonymous, social media services including Instagram and Twitter appear more prone to abusive or inappropriate comments. Both services have pushed to offer more features to allow users to push back, such as Twitter rolling out a quality filter to hide inappropriate content.