Instagram rolls out a set of new anti-abuse features to protect users from abusive DM requests and offensive or unwanted comments.

Instagram is also rolling out its Hidden Words feature that blocks out abusive DM requests. The new features should be visible to all users soon.

The new features for Instagram were announced through a post in its blog. The image-sharing platform is introducing a new feature called Limits that will automatically hide comments and DM requests from people who don’t follow the user or who have recently started following the user.

The feature aims to give Instagram users an easy way to temporarily lock down their accounts when they’re targeted with a flood of harassment.

Limits are available to everyone globally and users can turn it on from privacy settings.
“We have a responsibility to make sure everyone feels safe when they come to Instagram. We don’t allow hate speech or bullying on Instagram, and we remove it whenever we find it,” said Mosseri in a blog. “We also want to protect people from having to experience this abuse in the first place.”

In addition to this, Instagram will show a stronger message for the first time when a user tries to post a potentially offensive comment rather than waiting for the second or third comment.

Instagram is also expanding its Hidden Words feature that allows users to automatically filter offensive words, phrases, and emojis in a Hidden Folder.

This feature also filters DM requests that are likely to be “spammy or low-quality”. There is a new opt-in option to Hide More Comments that “may be potentially harmful, even if they may not break our rules.”

Instagram says this feature will be available globally by the end of this month. It has also expanded the list of offensive words, phrases, and emojis to filter out hate speech automatically.

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