Moderators can be added to Instagram Live Streams

About time.

words by: Sahar Khraibani
Apr 11, 2022

Instagram is allowing live streamers to add moderators for the first time. Instagram Live streams are anything but seamless. But you can now take control of the situation by enlisting the support of a friend to keep bullies or any annoying interferences at bay. According to Twitter, you can now add a moderator to your Instagram Live videos to help you filter out undesirable comments while you’re live.


Instagram users can assign a moderator by touching the three dots in the comment area. They can then choose a moderator from a list of suggested accounts, or search for a specific account using the search field.


Given that Live has been operating since 2016, it’s surprising that Instagram has only recently begun supporting moderators for its streams. On other live streaming platforms, such as Twitch and YouTube, where comments may quickly turn nasty, moderation has become a necessary feature. Even Facebook, Instagram’s sister business, allows users to add mods to their streams and has introduced tools to remove trolls—similar to the moderating options Instagram recently launched.


The inclusion of chat moderators should hopefully make the streaming experience for creators a lot more pleasant as Instagram strives to entice more creators to Live with the option to monetize streams. A moderator can report and turn off comments for a user watching a Live video and they can ban viewers.


Although Instagram Live videos allow users to show their support for creators by purchasing Live badges, they can also be used by people who want to harass the creator or other viewers in the comments. The ability to add a moderator allows the creator to focus on their live stream, rather than dealing with the admin tasks of handling comments, which may be a pain when everything happens in real-time.


How to add a moderator to an Instagram Live

Adding a moderator to your Instagram Live is a straightforward process. Just follow the steps below to get started.

1. Open the Instagram app on your phone.

2. Tap the + icon at the top of your Home feed, then tap Live.

3. Now tap the Live button at the bottom of the screen to start your session.

4. Once you’re live, navigate to the bottom-left corner of the screen and tap the three dots next to Comment, followed by Add moderator in the pop-up menu.

5. Next, type the name or handle of the person you want to help you moderate your Instagram live stream in the search bar, then tap the blue Add button next to their handle.

6. Instagram will now ask you to confirm that you want to add that person as a moderator. Tap Confirm.


That is all there is to it. You can review any actions taken by the moderator during the session after your Live video has ended.


Because Live videos are more intimate than Instagram posts, it’s critical that the overall experience be enjoyable for both the creator and the viewers. The ability to add a moderator to your live stream is a good way to ensure that everything runs smoothly.


Instagram users have been able to experiment with a slew of updates lately. For example, creators can now remix any public video.


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