Instagram Is Making The App A Safer Place For All With Automated Blocking Features

Instagram is on a mission to make the platform safer for its creators and other leading public figures.

And that’s why it’s teaming up with big names in the security industry to help ensure users steer clear of harm and malice aimed at their accounts.

The whole idea is designed to make sure everyone behaves respectfully and thoughtfully toward one another. Moreover, the app wants users to engage in safety which makes it all the more difficult for others to contact them on the app.

In April of last year, we saw the app roll out a feature that allowed users to preemptively remove or block new accounts made by people on their blocked list. Now, the feature is undergoing an expansion.

Think along the lines of automated blocking features that make it all the more difficult for such users to reach out to them. As a whole, the app hopes to save the entire community from going through the hassle of account blocks belonging to four million users a week as its being done now through automated means.

As it is, a small majority of creators on the app make use of the feature called Hidden Words. This was launched last year with the goal to assist people to filter any forms of harmful content and requests. So that’s why the company is now testing this feature out for its beloved users.

Similarly, there was talk about ways to help enhance the reach of users by adding Story replies, words linked to spam and scams, and also any form of misspelling done on an intentional basis so as to avoid being caught in the system’s filters.

Story replies with words found on the list of inappropriate terms would be added to a hidden folder for users. In this way, they’ll never come across it. Some more languages are going to be added here like Farsi, Russian, Turkish, Tamil, and more.

So far, the feature for hidden words is doing great for creators as they claim to be getting around 40% fewer hateful and spite-filled comments.

Last but not least, we’re hearing news about the platform expanding its notifications that are sent to people willing to share hurtful comments. Such nudges will reportedly decrease the prevalence with which such remarks take place.

After seeing the new alert, people would be getting the chance to stop, relax, and rethink the comment, and perhaps change it to appear less offensive or rude.

You can expect to find the launch for such alerts in the upcoming few weeks as a global rollout has been planned.

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