Instagram is finally letting Live creators appoint their moderators during their streams on Instagram. Mods will have the ability to report comments, remove comments, remove viewers from the live stream, and turn off comments for a specific viewer.
Instagram notes that creators can assign a moderator by tapping the three dots in the comment bar during a Live. They can choose a moderator from a list of suggested accounts or use the search bar to search for a specific account.
“Streamers + Mods = Dynamic Duo ❤️
We’re launching Live Moderator on Instagram Live, where creators can assign a mod and give them the power to:
✅ Report comments
✅ Remove viewers from Live
✅ Turn off comments for a viewer.”
Live has been around since the year 2016, and with that in mind, it comes as a bit of shock that Instagram has only just now started supporting moderators for its live streams. Moderation has become a much-needed staple on other live streaming platforms, like YouTube and Twitch, where comments can quickly get ugly. Even Instagram’s sister company, Facebook, gives users the ability to add mods to their streams and added tools to remove trolls, just like the moderation features Instagram just launched.
As Instagram attempts to attract more creators to monetize their streams, the availability of chat moderators should hopefully make the streaming experience a lot better for creators.