Instagram To Block Users Who Send Hateful Messages Via DMs


Mobile application Instagram has gained massive popularity since it was launched. Millennials are now pro to the application where people share their stories and pictures and gain popularity via it. But with gaining of popularity, this includes ‘Trolling” and ‘Hate Messages’ also.

 People face a lot of hate messages via Private Direct Messages (DMs), so now Instagram has announced to begin disabling the accounts of people who repeatedly send hateful messages to others on its platform.

In an official statement by Instagram, they stated that now if someone continues to send violating messages then the company will disable their account. They will also disable new accounts created to get around their messaging restrictions and will continue to disable accounts if they find that are created purely to send abusive messages.

The statement further reports that right now when someone sends DMs that break its rules the company prohibits that person from sending any more messages for a set period. Even Instagram has also started rolling more controls out to personal accounts in many countries and, soon this will be available to everyone.

Instagram further informed that people can choose to turn off tags and mentions from anyone they don’t know or block who sends them unwanted messages. Since DMs are for private conversations, Instagram does not use technology to proactively detect content like hate speech or bullying the same way it does in other places.

Recently, when the company witnessed racist online abuse targeted at footballers in the UK, the company immediately announced the new updates and stated that the company would not tolerate such unethical behavior on Instagram. Instagram is also committed to cooperation with UK law enforcement authorities on hate speech and, they will respond to a valid legal request for information in these cases.

As per the report, the company took action on 6.5 million pieces of hate speech on Instagram, including in DMs between July and September last year.

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