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Kevin Systrom  CEO & Co-founder of Instagram

Today is Safer Internet Day, and I can't think of a better time to thank just a few of the people at Instagram that spend their days working toward the goal of making Instagram the most welcoming and supportive platform in the world. They're building tools to give people control, like our new comment filters, and creating resources to connect people to help when they're going through a tough time. This is just the beginning, and we're grateful to the entire community for helping us be the best that we can be. #saferinternetday

View from the top last week 🚵🏻 now I'm sick in bed with a cold and nursing my ankle 🤕🤒 can't wait to get back in the saddle soon 💪🏻

My goal this past year was to find the largest and most difficult cycling climbs and tackle them one by one. I summited Mont Ventoux in France, then Onion Valley in California. However, yesterday I set out to summit the highest cycling climb in the world: Mauna Kea with an overall climb ascent of just over 14,000ft. This climb surpassed Ventoux by a whopping 8,000ft. Locals told me I was crazy (they were right), a former Tour de France winner told me it was the toughest climb he'd ever experienced (he was right) but that made it all the more exciting. I started the climb at 7:30am by dipping my wheels in the Pacific, then the grueling ascent began. Over 7 hours passed along the way. There were moments I felt confident, and others where I was so shaken I nearly quit. As much as I'd like to claim I rode the whole way, there were 30 minute stretches of walking where I simply couldn't muster the energy. The lack of air doesn't help. Up there, oxygen drops by half. At one particular moment, two miles from the summit I nearly quit. I was freezing, couldn't speak, and my muscles wouldn't stand let alone pedal a bike. But @nicole @kate @petecarolan @philgaimon and @bigislandbiketours encouraged me to push on. So I did. In the slowest two miles I've ever ridden, I inched up the road. I moved so slowly that @kate was able to walk past me and take the photo above. As I turned the last bend and the observatories came into sight I pushed the last and final few feet with whatever adrenaline I had left. Standing there I looked down the volcano, through the clouds to where we had started. To me, this was 2016; we had all started out on some journey of our own. While at times the going was easy, at others we faced challenges so great that we all wanted to quit. But we just got back on and rode or walked or shuffled our way onwards; one foot and then the next. And when we finally do reach the summit, with the support of friends and family, we realize we're all capable of much more than we thought. And it all starts with a commitment to try. Happy 2017 all, and go dip those tires!

It's here: the end of 2016 and the beginning of a new year with new goals. But before the year is out, I'm going to finish my challenge to find the hardest cycling climbs and take them on. Tomorrow, @philgaimon and I are going to summit Mauna Kea. At over 14,000ft it will beat my largest climb yet by 8,000ft. Wish me luck... if I have signal I'll be posting on my story along the way 👋🏻🚵🏻

Mid-ride snap of Hawaii in all its glory 🌴✨

In the middle of today's 100 mile ride I took a wrong turn and ended up lost in the woods. It started to rain, I had no cell signal, and the trail I was on turned into brush. But sometimes in those moments you look around and realize you're in exactly the right spot. (I made it home safely btw 👍🏻)

Thanks Santa!!! 🎅🏻 New bike for all the many miles ahead in 2017. I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season!

Just in time for the holidays, we're introducing a new set of tools to make your stories even richer and more fun. Just tap the smiley face to find customizable stickers, including ones for weather, time, and location (and, of course, coffee). We’ll also have a special set of holiday stickers available for the next few weeks. Finally, to add even more flavor to your stories, we’re adding a special candy cane brush to your drawing tools. Enjoy!

Guys, there are now 600 million people that use IG every month. 👀 It's been a busy couple weeks of launches, but I wanted to let you know how awesome that is. Thanks to each one of you!

Today you can start saving the posts you love and want to remember. Whether you want to come back to a recipe, save a place you want to visit on your next vacation, or remember a friend’s bike route, you can save posts right from feed. Just tap the new bookmark icon under a post to save it to a new, private tab on your profile only you can see. Happy saving!

Today we’re looking back on 2016 with our Year in Review. My favorite part of this year’s reflection is this list of the 10 most popular emojis, which are all positive and celebratory – sentiments that I hope only grow in 2017 as we continue to focus on being the safest and most welcoming place for self-expression. Here they are: 10. 💙
9. 🎉
8. ✌
7. 👌
6. 😊
5. 💕
4. 😘
3. 😂
2. 😍
1. ❤

In September, I shared our commitment to keeping Instagram a positive place for self-expression with the introduction of a keyword filter for comments. Today, I’d like to tell you about new commenting features that we’re launching.

In the coming weeks, you’ll be able to turn off comments on any of your posts. Previously this was only available for a small number of accounts. You’ll be able to tap “Advanced Settings” then select “Turn Off Commenting.” You can also tap the ... menu any time after posting to turn comments back on. Also, we're adding the ability to like comments by tapping a heart icon next to any comment. Liking lets you show support and encourages positivity throughout the community.

These updates still mark the beginning. We will continue to work to maintain Instagram as a welcoming and safe place for everyone.