Improvements to Instagram’s Abuse Prevention Features

You may now make it even more difficult for the person you’ve blocked on Instagram to ever communicate with you again by blocking any additional accounts they might have.
We’re expanding Hidden Words’ lexical scope to include more languages, shield users from fraudulent message requests, and conceal potentially objectionable responses to Stories.

We’re also increasing your followers of “nudges” to get users to think twice before posting potentially offensive remarks or requesting messages.

Enhancing Defence by Blocking

When you block someone on Instagram, we aim to make it as difficult as possible for them to contact you again. When you block someone, you may now also prevent them from interacting with you through any other accounts they may have.

We made some changes to Instagram’s banning functionality last year that let you silence not just one, but all of a user’s accounts in the future. With this revision, you may now also disable the individual’s access to any existing accounts. Initial findings from testing suggest that this new adjustment will result in a weekly savings of around four million hours spent manually blocking accounts.

Hidden Words Has Been Revamped!

More than 20% of users with over 10,000 followers have activated Hidden Words since the function was introduced last year, providing them with a potent tool to automatically exclude hazardous information from their comments and message requests. Hidden Words has been proven to be an efficient safety measure. Users with over 10,000 followers who enable Hidden Words for comments see 40% fewer potentially harmful remarks.

So that more creators can take use of this safety feature, we’re beginning to test having Hidden Words enabled by default for Creator accounts. Every user will always have complete control over whether or not these features are active, and may even create their own blacklist of certain terms and expressions, as well as emojis, if necessary.

We’re also refining Hidden Words to include extra safeguards, such as:

With this feature’s expansion to include Story responses, you’ll never have to read rude comments from people you don’t follow again.
Now available in Farsi, Turkish, Russian, Bengali, Marathi, Telugu, and Tamil, among others.
Enhancing our screening to identify and remove more deliberate misspellings of objectionable phrases, such as when someone types “1” for “i.”
Including additional criteria for filtering out suspicious communication requests like spam and phishing attempts. We’ll begin with English-speaking nations, with plans to expand to others.

Encouragement to Use Proper Manners on Social Media

People, especially those conversing online, may have good intentions but fail to consider the impact their comments may have on others.

We’ve found that nudges help lower the number of negative comments on Instagram, so we’re rolling out more of them. A new alert will prompt users to pause and think about their response before reacting to a comment that our algorithms have flagged as potentially objectionable. English, Portuguese, Spanish, French, Chinese, and Arabic app users can now get these prompts.

Additionally, we have begun highlighting the need of being polite when requesting a creator’s DMs. The reminder that there’s a person on the other end of a DM request helps individuals reach out to strangers with greater respect. In the upcoming weeks, this notification will be made available worldwide.

We’ll keep working on methods to keep Instagram a safe space for all users and promote your brand.

Today, we are releasing updates to Facebook and Instagram that will streamline the process of managing numerous accounts and profiles.

We know that many of our users have many of our applications installed, each serving a different purpose, audience, or facet of their personality. This is why we’ve made it easier to create new profiles and to swap between existing ones.

Safe Construction Practises

Each of these new capabilities uses the Meta name and logo to make it immediately obvious that the feature in question is compatible with many Meta technologies and to streamline the user experience.

Existing security features will continue to apply to the changes we are making today; security and privacy of your accounts are always our top priority. If a user enables two-factor authentication on Facebook, for instance, an unauthorised device won’t be able to access their profile by entering their Instagram credentials.