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Instagrams Newest Feature Allows You To Set A Limit On How Many Comments And Requests You Receive On Popular Photos

Instagram has announced the launch of new tools dubbed Limitations and Hidden Words, which are intended to reduce hate and abuse on trending posts.
The upgrade is intended to protect users, especially authors and public features, from harassment, racism, homophobia, and sexism in comments and DM requests.
Starting today, all users will be able to conceal comments and DM requests from users who either don’t follow them or have only recently started following them, thanks to the new Limits feature.
Furthermore, rather than waiting for a repeat transgression, the app will deliver “an even stronger warning” and immediately cease publishing if someone tries to publish inappropriate content.
In a blog post, Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri noted, “Creators also tell us they don’t want to turn off comments and messages totally; they still want to hear from their community and establish those relationships.”
“Limits allows you to hear from your long-time followers while limiting interaction from people who may simply be visiting your account to target you,” Instagram said in a statement. The features were designed in response to racist abuse thrown at British sportsmen in direct messages.
“Our research reveals that a lot of public figure hatred comes from those who don’t genuinely follow them, or who have only recently started following them, and who simply pile on in the moment,” Mosseri said.
This was evident following the recent Euro 2020 final, which saw a huge — and disgusting — increase in racist abuse directed towards players.
Hidden Words, the second new feature, allows users to filter abusive words in DM requests.
If a request contains any of the filter words you’ve selected, it’ll be placed in a secret folder that you can choose to never open, albeit it won’t be fully removed.
The change goes live today, following Facebook’s announcement that it will make Instagram safer and more private for teenagers.
Last month, changes were made that included automatically making accounts private for minors under the age of 16, limiting marketers’ access to target personal information such as “interests,” and utilizing artificial intelligence to detect a user’s age.
The modifications coincide with Facebook’s investigation of establishing an Instagram edition for children under the age of 13.
While the plan is still in its early phases, it has piqued the interest of Democratic legislators, who have urged Facebook to explain how it will function “considering Facebook’s prior failures to protect children,” they wrote.
44 state attorneys general oppose it, writing that “this is a reckless proposal that jeopardizes the safety of our children and puts them in immediate danger.”

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