Instagram's next big fix for online bullying is comments with artificial intelligence and the ability for users to prevent their posts from being publicly commented on by accounts.
The team will soon launch a test that gives users the ability to "lock" a user substantially from their account. This means that the account holder can "restrict" another user, making his comments visible only to himself. It also disappears if the account owner is active on Instagram or if he reads a direct message.
The company also announced separately today that it is introducing a new feature that uses AI to identify potentially offensive comments and to ask the commentator if they really want to follow up with the post. You have the option to undo your comment. According to Instagram, this has resulted in tests that have "some" thinking about what they wrote and what they undid. It's clear that "some" statistics are not concrete, and presumably people who publish offensive content know they are, but maybe they'll need a second to rethink what they say.