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Instagram to hide abusive messages

August 12, 2021 | 2 minutes read

Instagram has come up with new features to make it a safe space, the app now will feature to limit abusive messages in sudden spikes.

Instagram new feature "limits"

The new “limits” feature automatically hides comments from people who do not follow or who just started following for users who chose to turn it on.

It was designed to contain the abuse from an inundated number of people “who simply pile on at the moment”, Instagram said.

The company specifically reacted to the abuse that went viral after the men’s Euro 2020 football final as one example.

England’s defeat results in an abusive smear campaign against the black players who found themselves subjected to online hate and racist slurs.

Sudden spikes

The level of abuse prompted calls from the prime minister and others for social networks to do more to prevent it – as well as several subsequent arrests.

In July, Facebook-owned Instagram told BBC News it had made “mistakes” in moderating the abuse and promised to take a closer look at its software to make sure it doesn’t happen in the future.

The new feature is aimed to save people from a “sudden rush of attention and trolling”.

People pour love at times like during the Olympics 2021.

“But sometimes, it can also mean an influx of unwanted comments or messages.”

The new feature will allow users to regulate and mute comments from new followers and people who haven’t been following them for a long time.

This is a welcome move regardless of how much of an effect it will cast to contain abuse and racist comments.