Instagram, part of Facebook, is ready to introduce a number of new features to protect people from inappropriate comments and abuse on the photo sharing platform. With the new functions, users can restrict comments and DM requests during times of increased attention. Also, there will be stronger warnings when people try to post potentially offensive comments.
With the “Hidden Words” function, users can, for example, filter abusive DM inquiries.
“We have a responsibility to make sure everyone feels safe when they come to Instagram. We don’t allow hate speech or bullying on Instagram and remove it whenever we find it, ”said Adam Mosseri, the head of Instagram, in a blog post on Tuesday.
“We also want to prevent people from experiencing this abuse in the first place, so we are constantly listening to feedback from experts and our community and developing new features to give people more control over their experiences on Instagram and to help them prevent abuse protect, “added Mosseri.
To protect people when they experience or anticipate an onslaught of offensive comments and DMs, the company introduces “Limits” – a feature that is easy to activate and automatically hides comments and DM requests from people who do not follow you.
“Limits” is now available to everyone on Instagram worldwide.
Instagram also said that if someone tries multiple times to post potentially offensive comments, the company will issue an even stronger warning – reminding them of our community guidelines and warning them that we can remove or hide their comment if they continue.
The photo sharing platform also recently announced Hidden Words, which allows users to automatically filter offensive words, phrases, and emojis into a hidden folder.
The new feature also filters DM requests that are likely to be spam or of poor quality.