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Instagram launches DM filters to reduce visibility of abusive content and hate speech




Key Specifications:

  • Instagram launches DM filters to combat abuse, hate speech, and harassment.
  • This new tool will automatically filter DM requests containing offensive words, and emojis so that the user can’t see them.
  • The new features will be rolled out in the coming weeks.

Instagram shared an update on its work towards combating abuse, hate speech and bullying on its platform in February. On the same lines, the social media platform today announced two new features to protect its users from seeing abusive direct messages (DMs) and permanently block users from reaching you using fresh accounts.

Instagram notes that it aims to reduce racist, sexist, homophobic, and other kinds of abuse that users with particularly a large number of followers face. Users can access this tool by going to Privacy Settings > Hidden words.

This tool will work in a similar way to the comment filters that Instagram already offers, which allow you to hide offensive comments and choose what terms you don’t want people to use in comments under your posts. After the introduction of this tool, you can turn both comment and DM request filters on and off in a new dedicated section of your Privacy Settings called Hidden Words.

A new section of the app’s privacy settings called Hidden Words has been created to house the tool, which can also be applied to comments under an account’s posts.

The new tool focuses on DM requests because this is where people usually receive abusive messages — unlike regular DM inbox, where you receive messages from friends. Users can turn both comment and DM request filters on and off in a new dedicated section of your Privacy Settings called Hidden Words.

Instagram launches DM filters: Spokesperson said about a new feature

“We take very seriously our commitment to protecting people and doing everything we can to protect them from this abuse.”

“We’re committed to doing everything we can to fight hate and racism on our platform, but we also know these problems are bigger than us. We look forward to working with other companies, football associations, NGOs, governments, parents, and educators, both on and offline”.

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