Instagram has implemented new measures aimed at dealing with online attacks. This is coming in the wake of recent online attacks on some footballers in England. Manchester United players Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Axel Tuanzebe and Lauren James as well as Romaine Sawyers of West Brom all suffered some form of online abuse.
Instagram have finally announced they will crack down on online abuse by removing accounts that send racist messages and prevent abusers from creating new profiles in the wake of the latest spate of sickening racist attacks on footballers.
While Instagram does not use technology to proactively detect content within DMs, the Facebook-owned app has announced measures to arrest the situation. Instagram said it will start removing abusive accounts, which the company believes will reduce the abuse people get in direct messages.
Content manager at Facebook Fadzai Madzingira said per the Daily Mail: “I am horrified that they have to deal with that sort of abuse and as a company we take it very seriously.
“We’ve always had rules around people who abuse our community standards in Instagram direct messaging, specifically.
“Currently we will set a specific ban or what we call a block for a set amount of time when someone violates those rules and we extend that time should they continue to do so.
“What we’re announcing today is that we’re taking tougher measures on people who violate those rules in Instagram direct messaging, so instead of just extending the time, we’ll be removing the accounts altogether.
“That allows us to ensure that we have a lower tolerance for that sort of abuse in direct messaging and we’ll be closing those accounts more quickly in Instagram direct messaging than anywhere else on the platform.”
Business and creator accounts do not often suffer issues related to online abuse on Instagram. Such accounts do have the option to turn off messages from people they do not know. This is not the case for individual accounts; but not for long though as the picture-sharing app is planning to launch the feature soon.
“I think there is something about the world that we’re living in where someone can go from throwing a banana peel at a player on the pitch to suddenly also waking up and opening their accounts and using this online,’ Madzingira said.
“What we’re trying to address is the online aspect but there’s definitely a broader conversation we need to have about what does racism in sport look like and how do we stop that sort of behavior?”