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This Instagram tool blocks offensive, abusive DM requests

Written by AfterDawn Staff @ 21 Apr 2021 11:03 User comments (1)

This Instagram tool blocks offensive, abusive DM requests Instagram has provided users with a way to block out abusive messages that are sent as DM requests on its platform.
While people can avoid abusive or offensive messages in DMs on Instagram by limiting who can contact them, many users report getting abusive messages via the DM request inbox on Instagram.

A new tool can now be used that will automatically filter DM requests containing offensive words, phrases, and emojis, so you never have to see them. It will work in a similar way to the comment filters that are already available on Instagram.

Instagram worked with anti-discrimination and anti-bullying organizations to develop a predefined list of offensive terms that will be filtered from DM requests when the feature is turned on. There is also the option to create your own custom list of words, phrases, or emojis that you don't want to see in your DM requests.

All DM requests that contain these offensive words, phrases, or emojis - whether from your custom list or the predefined list - will be automatically filtered into a separate hidden requests folder. If you choose to open the folder, the message text will be covered so you're not confronted with offensive language, unless you tap to uncover it.

You can turn both comment and DM request filters on and off in a new dedicated section of your Privacy Settings called Hidden Words.

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13.5.2021 11:22

However, with the new tool, offensive messages are automatically blocked, even before reaching the user's inbox. The idea is to mainly focus on DM requests, as people are more likely to receive insulting messages from strangers.
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