The Facebook-owned social media Instagram has introduced a new feature that will let you filter abusive DM from haters or even fans, Instagram’s efforts to block hateful and abusive DM requests will soon be taken another step further with the latest updates that were sent to it. In Instagram’s updated blog post, the app outlines how it will further prevent people from even seeing hateful or abusive DMs in the first place.
As explained by Instagram, 89% of hateful or unwanted messages come from DM requests. These are direct messages from users that have never messaged you before and users you may not be even following. Instagram will begin filtering a list of keywords and emojis that was developed in collaboration with leading anti-discrimination and anti-bullying organizations.
Instagram will start filtering DM requests if they have any of these emojis, words, or phrases that you have specified. Instagram will put the Option for this feature in the privacy section of your account which Instagram has named “Hidden Words” Any filtered DM requests will appear in a separate hidden requests folder and the message text will be covered so you can’t read it until you tap on the message. From there, you’ll be able to accept the request, delete it, or report it.
Instagram has also made it even harder for a blocked user to try to contact you in any way. If you have blocked a user, you’ll have the option to also block any new accounts that the user creates in an effort to contact you again. It’s not explained exactly how Instagram will know that the same user is creating a new account, but the extra effort needed may dissuade a blocked user from making further attempts.
This new DM request filter will be rolling out to several countries in the next few weeks and will expand to more countries over the next few months. Meanwhile, the new account blocking feature will be available globally in the next few weeks.