Instagram is launching a new feature to fight harassment. The Facebook-owned social network has been allowed to filter direct messages (direct messages or DMs) received on the platform since Wednesday, April 21, a new phase of the social network that wants to take vows in the fight against online harassment. “Because direct messages are private conversations, we do not pre-screen them for signs of hate speech or harassment, as we do elsewhere on Instagram,” explains the popular Image Sharing app in a communication.
Users in seven countries (UK, France, Ireland, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Canada) can activate an option to automatically hide “direct message requests” (invitations to chats) containing words, styles or offensive emojis. “It is in these countries that the general public, especially football players, are the victims of abuse and humiliation in direct messages,” policy head Clotted Brent told the public on Instagram.
In her opinion, “Most of the hate speech comes from these requests for direct messages. We give everyone the opportunity to report us (…)
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