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Instagram Introduces "Hidden Words" To Tackle Abusive Trolls

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06:43 21 Apr 2021


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Instagram users will be able to filter out abusive messages and comments soon.

It's part of new update.

It follows a social media blackout by a number of sporting stars and Premier League footballers.

They're protesting against platforms that allow racist and sexist abuse to continue.

Hidden Words Is To Combat Trolls

A new Instagram tool, called “Hidden Words”, hopes to tackle the issue of trolling on the platform.

The update will allow users to build a list of offensive terms, or use a premade last created by the app.

Then, if someone receives a comment or message including those words, phrases or emojis it will be “filtered out” and kept in a separate folder.

Head of Education at Cyber Safe Kids Philip Arneill says for many young people social media is “the real world” and their behaviour should reflect that:

"We need to make it clear to kids that they way they behave offline is also they way they should behave online."

"So if you're a kind, responsible, empathetic person, why not be that way online too?"

"Weird" To See Abusive People Tweeting #BeKind

Spin presenter and TikTok star Marty Guilfoyle says the “Be Kind” movement that began after the death of presenter Caroline Flack did little to combat online abuse:

"It was a bit weird to see people preaching BeKind but yet do the exact opposite."

Marty adds, "It was down really to them not realising the person they're talking about might not see their message."

Instagram's also including a new tool that'll prevent someone you've blocked from contacting you with a new account.


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