Do you know that Instagram is rolling out DM Control Options? Do you know what they are and how they work?
Instagram is expanding access to its new DM control options. These options are designed to help users avoid unwanted contact, especially in the form of images and videos that they do not want to receive.
The new restrictions that Instagram first began testing in June mean that DMs from users you are not connected to within the app will now be limited to text-only invites.
The recipient will have to accept before you can make any further contact. Users will only be able to send a single invite to every single user.
It will help users avoid bots and spammers who sometimes submit offensive images and videos in DM requests to get more attention in-stream.
In particular, Instagram also says that these updates will benefit female users, who are often sent unsolicited nudes.
Instagram says they want people to feel confident and in control when they open their inbox. Hence, it is the reason why they are testing new features.
It means people will not receive images, videos or multiple messages from someone they do not want to follow until they accept the chat request.
Instagram further states that it is grateful for the feedback it receives from its community and will keep listening to find ways to help everyone feel safer on Instagram.
The update was initially announced in June, along with various other security and safety improvements across Facebook and Instagram.
These improvements are designed to help improve its broader messaging experience with more interactions switching to DMs, especially among younger users.
Meta is keen to maximize all the safety controls to help youngsters avoid unwanted attention and solicitation in the app.
The broader release of these new options will help a lot in limiting unwanted contact, and it could go a long way in helping users avoid creeps on Instagram.
Click here to learn more about the updates on Meta’s Instagram and other social media platforms.