MENLO PARK, California — Adam Mosseri, Head of Instagram announced in a post that the company is rolling out new features to help protect people from abuse on the social media platform.
“We have a responsibility to make sure everyone feels safe when they’re on Instagram,” Mosseri wrote in a post on the companies website. “We don’t allow hate speech or bullying on Instagram, and we remove it whenever we find it. We also want to protect people from having to experience this abuse in the first place, which is why we’re constantly listening to feedback from experts and our community, and developing new features to give people more control over their experience on Instagram, and help protect them from abuse.”
Moseri! who took over as Head of Instagram in October 2018 after serving as an executive at Facebook. He recently appeared on The Breakfast Club where he discussed his role and the potential ways they would better protect users of the platform.
Here are the new features to protect abuse on Instagram:
- The ability for people to limit comments and DM requests during spikes of increased attention
- Stronger warnings when people try to post potentially offensive comments
- The global rollout of our Hidden Words feature, which allows people to filter abusive DM requests
“We hope these new features will better protect people from seeing abusive content, whether it’s racist, sexist, homophobic or any other type of abuse. We know there’s more to do, including improving our systems to find and remove abusive content more quickly, and holding those who post it accountable, “Mosseri continued. ” We also know that, while we’re committed to doing everything we can to fight hate on our platform, these problems are bigger than us. We will continue to invest in organizations focused on racial justice and equity, and look forward to further partnership with industry, governments and NGOs to educate and help root out hate. This work remains unfinished, and we’ll continue to share updates on our progress.”