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Instagram is cracking down on DM spam

What To Know

  • Additionally, DM requests will be limited to text only, and senders won’t be able to send photos, videos, or voice messages.
  • Instagram already has some tools in place to combat spam, such as the “Hidden Words” tool, which hides messages containing objectionable keywords and emojis.
  • Frequently, women receive unsolicited explicit content in their DMs, and these new policies aim to put an end to such practices.
  • Measures like the ones implemented by Instagram are an attempt to address some of these complaints and demonstrate a commitment to curbing abuse on their platform.

Instagram is implementing stricter policies to prevent flooding of users’ DM inboxes. The social network is rolling out new DM request rules, limiting senders who aren’t followed by the recipient to just one message.

To send more messages, the sender must first have their chat request accepted. Additionally, DM requests will be limited to text only, and senders won’t be able to send photos, videos, or voice messages.

The company initiated testing for these enhanced DM restrictions in late June. Instagram already has some tools in place to combat spam, such as the “Hidden Words” tool, which hides messages containing objectionable keywords and emojis.

Now, filters for scams and spam are being introduced. Despite these efforts, occasional spammers may still manage to get through.

Instagram frames these changes as safety measures, with a particular focus on protecting women. Frequently, women receive unsolicited explicit content in their DMs, and these new policies aim to put an end to such practices. However, it should be noted that they may not prevent harassers from sending inappropriate text messages.

This update coincides with Meta (Instagram’s parent company) facing pressure from politicians and critics to bolster its anti-abuse measures, especially concerning teenage users. Proposed legislation includes requirements for parental consent for teens using social media apps, and some states, like Arkansas, have passed laws mandating age verification.

There have been longstanding concerns that Meta’s anti-harassment policies have not been sufficient in safeguarding certain demographics. Measures like the ones implemented by Instagram are an attempt to address some of these complaints and demonstrate a commitment to curbing abuse on their platform.

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