Facebook’s Instagram is launching a feature that prevents users from viewing obscene messages by filtering offensive words, phrases and emoticons in the photo-sharing app.
The company said on Wednesday, that along with the option to filter abusive instant messages, this will also make it more difficult for people blocked by users to bypass and connect with them through new accounts.
The filter, which can be activated on Instagram in privacy settings, can be customized by users to include words, phrases and emoticons that they want to block or avoid receiving in their message requests.
Users can use their discretion to report, delete or open messages that will be sorted into a hidden query folder, Instagram said.
The feature, which only applies to direct messaging requests, not the inbox itself, will be launched in some countries in the coming weeks, Instagram said.
Starting in a few weeks, all users will also have the advanced option to completely block people from contacting them on Instagram after blocking their account.
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