The prospects for Justin Bieber returning to Instagram seem remote, given his recent comments at a gig that “Instagram is for the devil. I think hell is Instagram, I’m 90% sure”. However, if Bieber found interacting with his fans on the service stressful, he might approve of some changes announced by Instagram yesterday around safety and control. “Comments are where the majority of conversation happens on Instagram. While comments are largely positive, they’re not always kind or welcome,” noted CEO Kevin Systrom in a blog post announcing a feature enabling Instagrammers to turn off comments on any post. It has to be done every time a shot is uploaded rather than set as a blanket feature, but for some musicians – at least those that don’t see Satan at work in the Facebook-owned service – it will be a welcome breather from the commentalypse.

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