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Instagram attacks Spammers and Abuses on the social network

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Instagram has announced some new features that aim to help users avoid abusive messages and unwanted contacts on the platform.

The new features are part of recent efforts from Instagram to combat abuse and hate speech, which includes strict penalties for people who send abusive Direct Messages.

Instagram’s latest features to combat abuse and hate speech include a new tool that automatically filters out DM requests containing offensive words, phrases and emojis, according to a recent post from blog about the subject.

The tool is similar to the existing comment filters on Instagram, which allow you to hide offensive comments and choose which words / phrases you don’t want others to use in comments on your posts.

You can enable this new tool by going to the application’s privacy settings and tapping the new Hidden words option.

Instagram attacks Spammers and Abuses on the social network

After enabling the feature, Instagram will automatically filter DM requests that include a word or phrase from a predefined list of offensive terms.

You will also have the option to create your own personalized list of words, phrases and emojis that you do not want to see in your DM requests. All filtered messages will appear in a new hidden requests folder.

If you choose to open this folder, the text of the message will be obscured so that you are not confronted with offensive language, unless you give explicit permission. You will also have the option to accept, delete, or report requests for messages in the folder.

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Instagram guarantees that all message filtering will only take place on your device, which means that the feature will not send any message content back to the company’s servers.

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The new content filtering feature for DM requests will begin to be rolled out in several countries in the coming weeks, with broader implementation in the coming months.

In addition, Instagram is making it harder for people you’ve already blocked to contact you again using a new account.

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For this, the company will add a new option in the blocking menu that will allow you to preventively block new accounts that the person may create in the future. This new option will begin to be shown to users worldwide in the coming weeks.

In addition, Instagram is working to improve existing features that combat abuse and hate speech on the platform. The company now offers users with a public account the option to allow only comments from people they follow and / or their followers.

In addition, the platform began to proactively hide common spelling errors from offensive words from its list of manual filters.

Along with the features mentioned above, Instagram is working on a number of other new features that are expected to arrive in the app soon. This includes end-to-end chat encryption, a new Collab sticker, and the ability to save drafts of your story.

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