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Instagram Discusses Approach to Community Protection from Abuse

Instagram outlined a number of updates that they have integrated to help protect their community from abuse, according to an official announcement.

Per the post:

  • Now, when you block someone you’ll have the option to block other accounts they may already have, making it more difficult for them to interact with you again on Instagram.

  • To help protect more creators from harmful message requests and comments, we’ll test automatically turning on Hidden Words for people who use a Creator account. We’ve also made improvements to Hidden Words to protect people from seeing scammy message requests or offensive Stories replies, among other things.

  • We’re expanding our use of nudges to encourage more people to pause and reflect before they say something that could be hurtful in comments or message requests.

Additionally, Instagram is

also continuing to improve Hidden Words to offer more protections, including:

  • Expanding Hidden Words to cover Story replies, so offensive replies from people you don’t follow will be sent to your Hidden Requests folder and you never have to see them.
  • Supporting new languages, including Farsi, Turkish, Russian, Bengali, Marathi, Telugu, and Tamil.
  • Improving our filtering to spot and hide more intentional misspellings of offensive terms, for instance, if someone uses a “1” instead of an “i”.
  • Adding new terms to filter message requests that might contain scams or spam. We’ll start doing this in English in certain countries, with more languages and countries coming soon.

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