Cyberbullying is a sad reality that many internet users experience. This phenomenon has exploded since 2020 when the health crisis pushed many people to strengthen their social relationships at a distance. In France, more than 40% of people under 50 have experienced repeated online attacks.
In the face of this scourge, the big platforms are trying to react. This is exactly the case with Instagram, which has just announced new features to protect its users from abusive direct messages. This new tool will be used in France in the coming weeks.
A list of phrases and emojis for filtering out inappropriate DMs
Specifically, this option must be activated directly by the Internet user. In fact, the platform states that it does not want to be proactive in looking for hate speech as those conversations are private matters. Once selected in your privacy settings, the tool works just like the filter to hide offensive comments.
A list of terms that are considered abusive was therefore drawn up “in close collaboration with leading organizations in the fight against discrimination and harassment,” said Instagram in a blog post. Each user can also create their own personalized list of words, phrases and emojis that they want to hide in their direct message requests. When a DM contains these terms, it is placed in a hidden folder that is always searchable.
Another very welcome feature will also appear. This is a great way to prevent Internet users who you have already blocked from contacting you again from a new account. Instagram adds in this regard:
This feature complements our harassment policy, which prohibits a user from repeatedly contacting an account that they do not want to contact. In addition, we have no tolerance for repetition: if a user’s account is banned for violating our rules, all new accounts created by that user will be deleted as soon as we learn about it.
In 2019, the platform had already used several tools against offensive comments. This is also where you can find our full article on the subject.