The social network Instagram has incorporated new functions for help your users combat abuse on your platform, and among them, a filter is especially noteworthy with which people can automatically block the Direct Messages (DM) with harmful content.
Instagram had already recently introduced tools to toughen sanctions against those who harassed users through DMs, but now it has opted for measures so that people do not get to receive these messages, as announced by the company owned by Facebook it’s a statement.
Among the new features is the direct message filter, a tool that can be activated by users who want it -in the settings- and that filters requests to open private chats that contain offensive words, phrases or emojis.
The tool works automatically, so that users do not get to see abusive messages, and it works in a similar way to the filters in the comments that the social network already applies, with which it allows each user to block certain words.
People will be able to choose from a predefined list of offensive terms created by Instagram in conjunction with anti-bullying organizations, but they will also be able to manually enter the words they consider offensive so that messages are not shown to them.
By using this tool, Instragram warns users before opening a DM containing offensive language and, if they decide to open it anyway, the filtered words are hidden, but there is still an option to show them. After this, Instagram users have the option to accept the chat request, delete it, or report it.
The filters function works directly from the user’s own device and does not share any information with the Instagram servers about the chats, to maintain privacy.
Instagram has announced that direct message filters will be launched “in the coming weeks” in several countries, and that he plans for the feature to reach the rest of the regions as well.
Likewise, the platform has also incorporated new anti-bullying features to prevent people that a user has blocked from contacting him again through a new account on the social network.
By using this feature, users have the ability to restrict not only their account but also to “pre-emptively lock” accounts that may be created in the future. The update will begin rolling out globally in the coming weeks.
In addition, as a way to filter offensive content in comments by users who have chosen it, Instagram has now expanded its ability to detect foul language, and will also block common forms of misspelled insults.