Think twice before you get nasty with Taylor Swift online. Any anti-Taylor Swift comment that you make may immediately be wiped off her Instagram account — and you’ll probably be blocked too.
Instagram is reportedly testing out a new tool that could censor negative comments and criticism. This means no more snake emojis or nasty remarks on Taylor Swift’s posts.
Users trolling celebrities have become a norm whenever there they make headlines for the wrong reason. Although social media site likes Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter has done more good than evil by connecting fans to their favorite celebrities, it has been a bane for the latter who, on a bad day, find it hard to thwart a flurry of nasty comments on their social media posts.
The photo-sharing website, which is popular among pop stars and fellow celebrities including Beyoncé and Kim Kardashian, has granted its most popular users a new tool allowing them to automatically prevent slurs and insults.
This new update comes at a time when the celebrity feud involving Taylor Swift, Kim Kardashian, and Kanye West are making the headlines. Fans have turned on Taylor Swift after Kim Kardashian publicly released and revealed a recording of Swift on the phone to Kanye discussing his lyrics for the song “Famous.”
Fans and followers of the “Blank Space” singer have gone all out on Instagram, filling her photos to the brim with snake emojis in the comments. The one responsible for this social media mishap is Kim Kardashian, who tweeted about ‘National Snake Day’ after releasing Taylor Swift’s infamous snaps with the former’s husband, Kanye West.
Although Instagram did not specifically comment about the Taylor-Kanye feud, a spokesperson said that the app is always looking for ways to help people have a positive experience with comments on Instagram.
“We’re currently focused on providing tools to improve accounts with the most high-volume comment threads. We will use our learnings to continue to improve the comment experience on Instagram.”
According to a report by the Telegraph, Instagram, whose most popular profiles include Taylor Swift, American actress Selena Gomez, and the singer Ariana Grande, has more than 500 million users around the world and roughly 14 million in the U.K. While it is testing the feature with celebrity accounts, it may introduce new ways for all users to moderate comments in the coming months
If Taylor Swift were to possess such a tool, it would be a groundbreaking development in social media, according to the Sunday Times. Instead of sifting through hundreds of thousands of negative or abusive comments, a user lucky enough to have the alleged function could simply target the words and phrases they wanted to remove, and it’s gone, a report by Hollywood Life stated.
Meanwhile, offline in the real world, Taylor Swift has threatened to sue singer Kanye West for recording a private conversation and making it public.
“Where is the video of Kanye telling me he was going to call me ‘that bitch’ in his song? It doesn’t exist because it never happened,” Taylor Swift said.
According to TMZ, Taylor Swift’s lawyer sent a letter to the rapper’s team. The letter stated that secretly recording a conversation is a criminal offense in the state of California. According to sources, Kanye recorded the controversial conversation in a Los Angeles studio.
Additionally, the letter reportedly read as such:
“Demand is hereby made that you immediately destroy all such recordings, provide us of assurance that this has been done, and also assurance that these recordings have not been previously disseminated.”
In her Forbes cover story, Kim Kardashian claimed that Taylor Swift was just out to “play the victim again.” A response statement from Taylor’s team included the line, “Taylor cannot understand why Kanye West, and now Kim Kardashian, will not just leave her alone.”