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Lena Dunham Offers A Solution To Kicking Internet Bullies To The Curb!

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Lena Dunham has had it with Internet bullies.

As you know, the 30-year-old apologized last week after receiving a ton of hate on Twitter for her comments about her experience with Odell Beckham Jr. at the 2016 Met Gala. Shortly after, the author faced backlash once again after tweets she posted back in 2010 and 2011 were branded as "racist."

Now, using her platform to speak out on cyber bullying, Miz Dunham penned a lengthy post about the harmful affects of attacking each other online while promoting Instagram's new Comments feature.

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Next to an image of the words "More Love," the Girls star began:

"Many of you know that I've dealt with my share of Internet trolls. I'm not here to bitch and moan, because that's what my therapist is for, but I have often been disappointed by what feels like a lack of effort to protect people online from racist, misogynist, ableist, xenophobic & transphobic language. I've even read clear threats! Social media communities should engender a dialogue, not become tools for verbal abuse. As a public person I know I'm taking on a certain amount of hate, and I armor myself (though that doesn't mean I don't go totally effing nuts when I see some of my heroes getting attacked online for things like their race or sexuality.) But I can't help but wonder how people without the same resources have learned to cope. What about teenagers who are still forming their identities, and for whom cyber-abuse is an absolute threat to their mental health?"

L.D. continued by urging everyone to utilize the photo-sharing site's feature that allows users to keep all unwanted comments off their page (á la Taylor Swift, Chrissy Teigen, and Kim Kardashian West):

"That's why I'm so pleased Instagram is taking the lead to help protect their 500 million users from unwanted and abusive comments. Now, when you tap the gear icon on your profile, you'll find a new Comments tool. This lets you make a list of words you consider offensive or inappropriate (for me those are "mons pubis" "thong" and "bag of cottage cheese".) Any comments with these words will not appear on your posts. You can choose your own list of words or just use the default words Insta has kindly provided. I'm so excited that they've given us this tool to keep unnecessary negativity out of our feeds and hearts. So, use it! Plus, this is in addition to the tools they've already developed- so please keep on swiping to delete gross comments, reporting inappropriate creeps and blocking like your life depends on it. Because guess what? Someone's might. Love you! Lena"

Many of you know that I've dealt with my share of Internet trolls. I'm not here to bitch and moan, because that's what my therapist is for, but I have often been disappointed by what feels like a lack of effort to protect people online from racist, misogynist, ableist, xenophobic & transphobic language. I've even read clear threats! Social media communities should engender a dialogue, not become tools for verbal abuse. As a public person I know I'm taking on a certain amount of hate, and I armor myself (though that doesn't mean I don't go totally effing nuts when I see some of my heroes getting attacked online for things like their race or sexuality.) But I can't help but wonder how people without the same resources have learned to cope. What about teenagers who are still forming their identities, and for whom cyber-abuse is an absolute threat to their mental health? That's why I'm so pleased Instagram is taking the lead to help protect their 500 million users from unwanted and abusive comments. Now, when you tap the gear icon on your profile, you’ll find a new Comments tool. This lets you make a list of words you consider offensive or inappropriate (for me those are "mons pubis" "thong" and "bag of cottage cheese".) Any comments with these words will not appear on your posts. You can choose your own list of words or just use the default words Insta has kindly provided. I'm so excited that they've given us this tool to keep unnecessary negativity out of our feeds and hearts. So, use it! Plus, this is in addition to the tools they've already developed- so please keep on swiping to delete gross comments, reporting inappropriate creeps and blocking like your life depends on it. Because guess what? Someone's might. Love you! Lena (link to @kevin's post about these developments in bio. Image by the one & only Tracy Emin 💗)A photo posted by Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) on Sep 13, 2016 at 4:33am PDT

Lena's pal Amy Schumer also took the opportunity to comment on the new update, saying:

"Thanks for the heads up leenz! We can all deal with more love in this life! Also I feel better and will do all my shows next week and will go see the queen Beyoncé!"

Co-founder of Insta Kevin Systrom also added of the feature:

"We know tools aren't the only solution for this complex problem, but together, we can work towards keeping Instagram a safe place for self-expression. My commitment to you is that we will keep building features that safeguard the community and maintain what makes Instagram a positive and creative place for everyone."

Excellent!!

While many people online seem to think Lena has contributed to the online bullying culture in the past — we'll be the first to admit we all are capable of change.

Love wins!!!

Will U be using the new feature?? Let us know in the comments!

[Image via WENN.]

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