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A common phrase I see on Facebook (iOS, Android) when someone posts something controversial is "don't look at the comments." Venturing into the comments section on almost any post is like the wild west.

On Twitter, tech-tipster Jane Wong reported that Facebook is taking steps to control inappropriate content and hate speech.

According to Wong, the company is working on letting users ban words, phrases, and certain emojis from a timeline.

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The feature looks like it might operate similarly to Twitter's mute button. In a sidebar, users can create a list of words they don't want to see.

Facebook already had a few tips in place to keep accounts private and secure, including a spam filter. Users could always report inappropriate comments or posts to admins as well.

The tool would have promise if it goes live. After the company works out any bugs, it could monitor trends of what its users choose to "ban." Following the trends could help Facebook improve its process of moderating and removing posts, which has been incorrect in the past.

In the last few years, social media giants Twitter and Instagram started trying to reign in Internet trolls.

Instagram lets users manage who can comment, block comments, and filter or hide offensive comments. Instagram is also implementing AI to weed out bullying in comments and images.

In 2016, Twitter's muted words feature had a bumpy take-off but now it's fully implemented in the app.

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Takeaways

  1. Facebook is working on letting users ban words, phrases, and certain emojis from a timeline.
  2. The company could potentially use the tool to monitor what words users ban and improve its post moderation process.

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Shelby is an Associate Writer for CNET's Download.com. She served as Editor in Chief for the Louisville Cardinal newspaper at the University of Louisville. She interned as Creative Non-Fiction Editor for Miracle Monocle literary magazine. Her work appears in Glass Mountain Magazine, Bookends Review, Soundings East, and on Louisville.com. Her cat, Puck, is the best cat ever.