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Instagram announces two new features to prevent harassers from reaching out to you

Instagram is rolling out a new feature for its users with an aim to protect them from seeing abusive messages and also the option to prevent someone you’ve blocked from contacting you from a new account.
Instagram will now give its users a tool, which when turned on, will automatically filter direct message (DM) requests containing offensive words, phrases and emojis, so users never have to see them.
According to Instagram, this tool focuses primarily on DM requests, as it usually here users end up receiving abusive messages from unknown people.
“We know different words can be hurtful to different people, so you’ll also have the option to create your own custom list of words, phrases or emojis that you don’t want to see in your DM requests. All DM requests that contain these offensive words, phrases, or emojis – whether from your custom list or the predefined list – will be automatically filtered into a separate hidden requests folder. If you choose to open the folder, the message text will be covered so you’re not confronted with offensive language, unless you tap to uncover it. You then have the option to accept the message request, delete it, or report it,” said the company.
The Facebook-owned app has said that this feature will be rolled out in several countries in the coming weeks and later on be expanded to more countries.
Another important feature that Instagram is adding is the option to block a contact with other possible accounts they may create.
“With this feature, whenever you decide to block someone on Instagram, you’ll have the option to both block their account and preemptively block new accounts that person may create.”
This will be available globally in the next few weeks, said the company

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