According to a blog post published on Wednesday, Instagram’s new Limits feature will automatically conceal DMs and comments from those who don’t follow them, or who have only recently started following them.
“Our research shows that a lot of negativity towards public figures comes from people who don’t actually follow them, or who have only recently followed them, and who simply pile on in the moment,” Instagram wrote, particularly noting the spike in racist abuse English footballers experienced online after July’s Euro 2020 final.
“Limits allow you to hear from your long-standing followers, while limiting contact from people who might only be coming to your account to target you.”
However, not every remark or DM slide on Instagram is pleasant. So you can be back to posting thirst traps in peace, the social networking platform has rolled out an update that aims to reduce abusive messages.
As a result, users can continue to communicate with their typical audience while protecting themselves against momentary attacks.
After the launch of Hidden Words in April, users may now filter abusive DMs and comments by using specific words or emojis in their messages. Users can block their own accounts as well as any new ones they may create in the future.
There is no mention of whether or not Limits will be available to everyone. Your privacy settings can be accessed by navigating to your profile page, clicking on the “Limits” tab, then selecting “On”.
Separate restrictions can be placed on non-followers and new followers, allowing you to block messages from either category. As with the limits, they’ll remain in place until you elect to turn them off.
In Instagram’s settings, you may choose to just allow comments and messages from followers — and you can even utilise the “Restrict” option to screen individual accounts without their knowing.
Although you may still restrict new followers using Limits, it’s easier to do so with a few simple toggle switches instead of a long list.
This is not to argue that all of the abusive remarks will simply vanish into thin air.
Although comments and messages from accounts in the restricted categories are “hidden unless you approve them,” Instagram’s screenshot indicates that users will still be able to see them, which isn’t helpful for one’s mental health.
According to Mashable’s tests, Limits isn’t available on every account yet, but we expect it to be available to everyone soon.
A new Instagram feature is urgently needed, given the prevalence of targeted harassment on social media.
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