Instagram’s efforts to block ugly or abusive DM requests will soon be taken a step further. In the latest blog post on Instagram, the app shows how it will prevent people from seeing even ugly or abusive DM.
As Instagram explains, most ugly or unwanted messages come from DM applications. These are direct messages from users who have never sent you messages before and / or who may not even follow you. Instagram will start filtering a list of keywords and emojis that has been developed in collaboration with anti-discrimination and anti-bullying organizations.
DM requests will be filtered if they contain any of these emoji or phrases, or any emoji or words you specify. Options for this feature will be found in a new section of privacy settings called ‘Hidden Words’. Any filtered DM request will appear in a separate hidden requests folder, and the text of the message will be covered so that you can’t read it until you touch the message. From there, you will be able to accept the request, delete or report.
Instagram has also made it harder for a blocked user to try to contact you. If you block a user, you will also have the option to block any new account created by the user in an effort to contact you again. It is not clear exactly how Instagram will know that the same user is creating a new account, but the extra effort required may discourage a blocked user from making further attempts.
This new DM request filter will be launched in several countries in the coming weeks and will be expanded in several countries in the next few months. In the meantime, the new account lock feature will be available globally in the next few weeks.