Instagram is already fed up with users who send abusive and hostile private messages through its platform and is back with a strong warning to anyone who continues to do so. In an update on the additional steps it is taking to reduce abuse, Instagram has warned that it will issue ‘tougher penalties’ going forward.
According to Instagram, users who violate the platform rules in DMs repeatedly will have their accounts disabled. This is a more severe step compared to the previous penalty, which involves preventing the offending user from sending additional messages for a restricted period.
A user whose account is disabled for this reason will not be able to open a new account to try to circumvent the penalty. In addition, Instagram also says it will cooperate with UK legal authorities when it comes to requests for legal data in hate speech cases.
Instagram notes that its hate speech policy covers abusive comments and posts ‘based on protected […] characteristics’, including content such as blackface that falls under the category of hate speech. According to the company, he addressed 6 , 5 million hate speech cases from July to September 2020, 95% of which were found before they could be reported by users.
Instagram also notes that its proactive AI-based warnings when someone is about to post something unacceptable helped to reduce abusive content. In addition, the comment filters that users have access to have also helped protect the platform from this type of content. Soon, everyone will have access to the feature that allows you to disable the DMs of people who do not follow.