Instagram has unveiled new tools on its platform that will help prevent abusive DMs on its platform. The latest way to do so is in the form of new tools, which will help you stay protected from abusive direct messages. A new way to protect people from seeing abusive DMs as well as the ability to prevent someone you’ve blocked from contacting you from a new account.
It is introducing a new tool which, when turned on, will automatically filter DM requests containing offensive words, phrases and emojis, so you never have to see them. This tool focuses on DM requests, because this is where people usually receive abusive messages. It will work in a similar way to the comment filters which allow you to hide offensive comments and choose what terms you don’t want people to use in comments under your posts. The feature will keep in mind people’s privacy and won’t share the messages with the Instagram servers. Instagram says it’ll start rolling out this feature in several countries in the coming weeks and will look to expand to more countries over the next few months. The new feature, which will arrive in the coming weeks, is a part of the app’s harassment policies that refrain people from repeatedly contacting someone. Another new feature will help you block new accounts from a person who you blocked. Whenever you decide to block someone on Instagram, you’ll now have the option to both block their account and preemptively block new accounts that person may create.