Instagram Announced New Feature To Curb Abusive & Racist Comments After Euro 2020 Finals Backla
Because of the latest incident during the Euro 2020 finals where hateful and racist comments were directed at 19-year-old England winger, Bukayo Saka for missing the penalty kick that sealed the victory for Italy, Instagram announced 3 new updates to protect people from racism and abuse on its platform. Instagram launches a new “hidden words” feature that enables users to filter out abusive messages, use “stronger warnings” when there are potentially offensive comments, and also limit comments and message requests during increased spikes of attention.
Instagram clarified in a statement, “We want Instagram to be a place for people to connect with the people and things they love. We also know that, just like in the offline world, there will always be those who abuse others. We’ve seen it most recently with racist online abuse targeted at footballers in the UK. We don’t want this behaviour on Instagram.”
Today we’re announcing three updates to protect people from racism and abuse on Instagram. We don’t allow hate speech or bullying on our platform, and we hope these new tools will help protect people from having to experience abuse. — Adam Mosseri 😷 (@mosseri) August 11, 2021
Following the announcement, Instagram chief Adam Mosseri tweeted, “Today we’re announcing three updates to protect people from racism and abuse on Instagram. We don’t allow hate speech or bullying on our platform, and we hope these new tools will help protect people from having to experience abuse.”
Instagram also hinted at an upcoming new feature to further aid the issue of online abuse in both DMs and the comment section. It may launch it in the coming months, so hopefully these new updates could help provide a safer space for everyone online.