Like any social network, Instagram has its share of abusive comments, trollish behavior and cyber bullying. To curb this online abuse, Instagram is rolling out several new features to control commenting and encourage positivity.

For public Instagram accounts, users will now be able to choose who can comment on a post (everyone, people you follow, your followers, etc.). For both public and private accounts, you’ll be able to block other accounts from commenting.

Instagram is also expanding its offensive comments filter, making it available in Arabic, French, German and Portuguese–not just English.

Instagram will also now let users send anonymous reports during a live broadcast if they’re concerned about the broadcaster’s mental health. Said broadcaster will see a message offering help with options to talk to a helpline, reach out to a friend or get other tips and support. The social network says it will have teams “working 24 hours a day, seven days a week, around the world to respond.”



No More Excuses: Diversify Launches Database of Photographers of Color

Posted by on Wednesday September 13, 2017 | Photojournalism, Social Media/Web

The home page of Diversify.Photo.

After five months of planning, Diversify Photo today launched a database of 340 photographers of color from around the U.S. Brent Lewis, senior photo editor at ESPN’s The Undefeated, told PDN in May that he and independent photo editor Andrea Wise had begun compiling the database to show photo editors, art buyers and other creatives... More

How Not to Shoot Paris Like a Tourist

Posted by on Wednesday September 13, 2017 | Social Media/Web

Street photographer Alistair Wheeler has been living and shooting photos in Paris for five years. When he got bored shooting the typical vistas that tourists get, he decided to go low and go high to get a new perspective on the city. He headed down into the Metro and into abandoned buildings, and also began... More

Instagram Removes Forced Square Aspect Ratio for Multi-Photo Posts

Posted by on Thursday August 31, 2017 | Social Media/Web

Hate cropping your pictures into a square format on Instagram? You’re in luck! While the app did away with the mandatory square format in August 2015, the rule still stuck for users creating multiple photo and videos posts. Starting today, however, Instagram announced that users can choose landscape and portrait formats when uploading multi-image posts.... More