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"I'm not on Instagram but my question is if you're being bullied. Are you able to block that person like you can't on on come other Social Media Katie yes you can walk them and what happens when you block them as two accounts essentially don't see each other and the more they kind of disappear to one another on the platform but what instagram and found is that teenagers are really loathed to do this for two reasons one. It's really obvious when someone's been blocked <hes> in so that betrays hurt feelings for teen the bully knows that they've gotten to them and to <hes> then they can no longer understood that bullies doing. Maybe the bully still talking about them. Maybe there's still spreading rumors about them. They WanNa have that continued oversights <hes> and this is where that new feature that Sherry mention <hes> restrict comes in where they're trying to they ferret out a middle ground here where they can where user can kind of restrict the movements of a bully can have more oversight <hes> without the bully being fully aware <hes> that that anything's happened AH wreck in Elizabethtown New York hi you're on the Air Hi my question is about whether <hes> defamation laws against libel and slander don't apply in some of these cases if you were to make comments affected somebody's reputation made untrue comments about somebody in any other forum you would be liable for the consequences of that. We're depending on facebook and instagram to put programs in place to keep this from happening but when they do happen cannot can we not use defamation laws to <hes> sort of recourse. Thank you right good question. I Katie alternate back to you well. I'm not a first amendment lawyer so I can't tell you the exact tales of has something like that would play out. I will tell you that there are different guidelines for how public figures and private individuals are treated when it comes to guidelines about bullying <hes> we saw this news news this week you know sort of related to president trump not being <hes> able to block people on twitter right. There are different rules for public figures versus private individuals <hes> when it comes to issues around in speech <hes> <hes> and <hes> while instagram and certainly going to be aware of that when it comes to certain public figures I. I don't think that when it comes to private individuals that's a really practical. <hes> you know or quick means Eh enforcement when teenagers sitting in a room you know deeply hurt that someone is claimed that they're you know promiscuous. You know I don't think bringing in the courts and laws like that will bring quick resolution even if it did it apply to private individual Sherry Bellman. You've been working with kids for decades <hes>. Do you think these new changes on instagram will actually make a difference. You're seeing these kids. Everyday online cyber bullying got about thirty seconds here. I hope they will make a difference. I'm I'm a little cautious and would like to see some of the numbers that they're gathering so we can make informed decisions and decide. Is this the right approach. We also need to engage engage with young people. Would you use this feature. How would that affect your behavior? What do you need in the way of support if you are targeted and I think we need to <hes> stop operating silos academics?."