Facebook-owned photo sharing app Instagram has announced new measures that the company will take in order to tackle the problem of abusive messages that are sent to people via Direct Messages (DMs).
The company in a blog post says that the hate messages sent through DMs instead of comments are harder to address as it doesn’t “use technology to proactively detect content like hate speech or bullying the same way.”
In its blog post, Instagram has announced that if it finds someone continues to send unwarranted DMs to other people, it will simply disable their account. Further, the company has also claimed that it will continue to disable accounts that are created purely to send abusive messages.
“Today, we’re announcing that we’ll take tougher action when we become aware of people breaking our rules in DMs. Currently, when someone sends DMs that break our rules, we prohibit that person from sending any more messages for a set period of time. Now, if someone continues to send violating messages, we’ll disable their account. We’ll also disable new accounts created to get around our messaging restrictions, and will continue to disable accounts we find that are created purely to send abusive messages,” said the company.
Right now, the methodology that the company will adopt has not been revealed.
Besides this, Instagram also confirmed that it is working on a new feature designed to help with the issue of abusive DMs, which it will develop incorporating feedback from its community. “We hope to launch it in the coming months,” added Instagram.