Instagram is on a mission to make the platform safer for its creators and other prominent public figures.
And that’s why it partners with big names in the security industry to help ensure users avoid damage and malicious intent aimed at their accounts.
The whole idea is designed to ensure that everyone behaves in a respectful and thoughtful way towards each other. Additionally, the app wants users to commit to security, which makes it all the more difficult for others to contact them on the app.
In April last year, we saw the app roll out a feature that allowed users to preemptively delete or block new accounts created by people on their blocked list. Now the feature is being expanded.
Think about automated blocking features that make it that much harder for these users to contact them. Overall, the app hopes to save the entire community from going through the hassle of blocking accounts belonging to four million users per week, as is currently done through automated means.
As it stands, a small majority of app creators use the feature called Hidden Words. This was launched last year with the aim of helping people filter out all forms of harmful content and requests. That is why the company is now testing this feature for its beloved users.
Likewise, there was talk of ways to help improve user reach by adding replies to stories, words related to spam and scams, and any form of intentional misspellings to avoid be caught in the system filters.
Replies to stories containing words found on the inappropriate terms list would be added to a hidden folder for users. This way they will never meet him. Other languages are going to be added here like Farsi, Russian, Turkish, Tamil etc.
So far, the hidden words feature has worked really well for creators, as they claim to receive around 40% fewer hateful and malicious comments.
Last but not least, we hear news about the platform expanding its notifications which are sent to people willing to share hurtful comments. Such nudges would apparently reduce the prevalence with which such remarks take place.
After seeing the new alert, people would have a chance to stop, relax, and rethink the comment, and perhaps edit it to sound less offensive or rude.
You can expect to find the launch of such alerts in the coming weeks, as a global rollout has been planned.
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