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Instagram to let users turn off commenting

Amid a rise of negativity on social, the photo-sharing site is working to keep Instagram "a welcoming and safe place for everyone."

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Tuesday's post from Instagram's CEO.

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Instagram is keeping up its push to be a friendlier social network.

In a post Tuesday, co-founder and CEO Kevin Systrom said the photo-sharing social network will let users turn off comments on any of their posts. The feature, available for only a few accounts right now, will arrive "in the coming weeks," he said. Users will be able to turn commenting back on after posting.

Instagram will also add the ability to like comments by tapping a heart icon next to any comment. This feature is already available on Facebook.

"These updates still mark the beginning," Systrom said in the post. "We will continue to work to maintain Instagram as a welcoming and safe place for everyone."

The changes come three months after Facebook-owned Instagram announced plans to provide new tools for people to filter out offensive language from comments on their posts.

The efforts come as social networks have been grappling with a surge of negative and problematic posts, including racist and offensive posts on Twitter and fake news proliferating on Facebook. Twitter responded last month by allowing users to mute certain words or phrases on the site.