Instagram’s efforts to block hateful or aggressive DM applications will soon be taken a step further. In the latest Instagram blog post, the app outlines how it will prevent further people from seeing hateful or aggressive DMs in the first place.
As Instagram explains, most hateful or unwanted messages come from DM applications. These are direct messages from users who have never messaged you before and / or you may not even follow them. Instagram will begin filtering a list of keywords and emojis developed in collaboration with leading anti-discrimination and anti-bullying organizations.
DM applications will be filtered if they contain any of these emojis or expressions, or any emojis or words you specify. Options for this feature appear in a new section of the Privacy Settings called “Hidden Words”. Any filtered DM applications will appear in a separate hidden applications folder and the text of the message will be covered so you can’t read it until you tap on the message. From there, you will be able to receive, delete, or report the request.
Instagram has also made it more difficult for a blocked user to try to contact you. If you block a user, you will have the option to block any new accounts that the user creates in attempts to contact you again. It is not explained exactly how Instagram will know that the same user is creating a new account, but the extra effort required may prevent a blocked user from making further attempts.
This new DM application filter is rolling out to several countries in the coming weeks and will expand to more countries over the next few months. Meanwhile, the new account blocking feature will be available worldwide in the coming weeks.