New options are being added by Instagram to tackle the increase of abuse and bullying on the social media app. The new update allows the member to the capacity to filter DM requests that include offensive words, not only this there has been new way to stop users you’ve already blocked from contacting you via a different account.
Instagram has been tackling the rise of abuse on the app for a good few years now and the last update was only back in February when there was a tirade of abuse and discriminatory messages sent to footballers. Instagram has unfortunately become of hot bed of various incidents of racial abuse against players from Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool, among others, who were targeted via Instagram Direct. Manchester United, in a joint statement with Everton, Liverpool and Manchester City, condemned the incidents, and called on Instagram’s parent company Facebook to do more to protect users from such. This lead to its initial response, which included tougher penalties for those found to be sending abuse via DM and a new option for personal accounts to switch off DMs from people that they don’t follow.
Instagram members will see a new option to ‘hide message requests’, along with comments, within ‘hide offensive content’ options. When activated any DMs people receive that include offensive terms, as defined by Instagram, will be added to a new ‘hidden requests’ folder in their message inbox. If people do choose to check these filtered DMs, the specific message/s including the identified terms will be hidden unless they explicitly choose to uncover them.
Instagram have explained:
“We’ve worked with leading anti-discrimination and anti-bullying organizations to develop a predefined list of offensive terms that will be filtered from DM requests when the feature is turned on. All DM requests that contain these offensive words, phrases, or emojis will be automatically filtered into a separate hidden requests folder.”
Instagram says that the enhanced blocking tools will be available globally in the next few weeks which will hopefully stem the tide of abuse from keyboard warriors, now time for other platforms to follow suit.