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Instagram Has Launched A Function Called Limits To Prevent Unwanted Interactions

Instagram has launched a set of new features that it claims will help protect users on the site from harassment.
A new feature called Limits is at the heart of the update, and it allows users to automatically conceal comments and direct message requests from other users who do not already follow them, or who have only recently followed them.
It was created, according to the company, to stop waves of abuse from users that “pile on in the moment.”
The Instagram emblem on a mobile phone screen (Yui Mok/PA) / PA Archive The Facebook-owned site has also improved the in-app warnings it displays to individuals who seek to post abuse, warning users that if they continue to send abusive remarks, their account will be terminated, and is rolling out its Hidden Words filter tool to all users internationally, allowing people to filter out words, emojis, and other content.
The goal of the features, according to Instagram, is to provide users greater power while also protecting their safety while using the platform.
Following the racist attacks on England footballers Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka during the Euro 2020 final, social media has been scrutinized for how it handles abuse.
Starting on Wednesday, the Limits feature will be pushed out to all Instagram users worldwide, allowing users to choose how long they want to conceal comments and message requests from non-followers and those who have only started following them in the last week.
The Limits feature was introduced to tackle events like the Euro 2020 final, when public personalities notice a rapid rise in targeted comments and message requests in the aftermath of an event, according to Tom Gault, Instagram’s public policy manager for Europe.
“Our own data, as well as comments from public figures, suggests that a lot of the vitriol directed at high-profile people comes from those who don’t follow them or who recently followed them,” he said. (left to right) England’s Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford, and Bukayo Saka (PA) / PA Wire
“And this is the kind of behavior we witnessed after the Euros final,” he noted, adding that some public people did not want to completely block off comments and messages because they often received a large number of them.
“Frequently, the occurrence that causes a rise in comments also results in a flood of supportive responses from long-term followers.”
People are still interested in hearing from that group,” he told PA.
“That is why we honestly believe this feature will be so helpful; it means you can hear from your returning followers while limiting communication with others who may be coming to your account to target you.” We expect that these new capabilities will better safeguard people from viewing abusive content, whether racist, sexist, homophobic, or any other sort of abuse.
“We don’t accept hate speech or bullying on Instagram, and we remove it whenever we find it,” Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri wrote in a blog post unveiling the new features.
“We also want to protect people from having to experience this abuse in the first place, which is why we’re continuously listening to feedback from experts and our community and developing new tools to give people more control over their Instagram experience and help protect them from abuse,” says the company.
“We hope that these new capabilities will help individuals avoid seeing harmful content, whether it’s racist, sexist, homophobic, or any other kind of abuse.”
“We recognize there’s more to be done, including as enhancing our systems to discover and delete abusive content more quickly, and holding people who publish it accountable,” says the statement.
“We also recognize that, while we are dedicated to doing everything we can to combat hate on our platform, these issues are larger than we are.

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