O Instagram announced this Thursday (20) that the hidden word filter is now able to identify messages written with numbers. The strategy of replacing letters with numbers was the solution found by users to bypass the filter that blocks offensive words.
And speaking of blocking, it is now possible to block all accounts of a user with a single click. In the statement announcing the update, the social network highlights that the tool was integrated with the existing function of blocking accounts that the user may create.
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The hidden word filter, released last year, allows the user to block message requests and comments with offensive words. The tool will now automatically activate in creator accounts and even identify “intentional misspellings” in profanity. In the post on its blog, Instagram gave the classic example of replacing the “i” with the “1” — but hints that other errors will be covered.
In the tests we performed, the tool blocked profanity written with swapped letters. However, other clearly intentional misspellings in some words, such as separating them with a space or adding a letter, passed through the filter.
Now the filter will also work on responses to stories. The hidden words tool is activated in the “Privacy” section, which is located in the account settings.
Block all user accounts and warnings
Last year, the Instagram launched the option to block other accounts that a user may create in the future. With this tool, the social network reduces the chance of a hater or malicious person contacting the victim. But if the blocked had more accounts, he could use them to continue the abuse.
With this new update, the platform solves the problem of blocking an abuser’s accounts one by one. And without needing any more steps: the function is complementing the option “block future accounts”.
The tool is now available in Brazil. In Portuguese it appears as “block [nome da conta] and all of his/her existing or future accounts.” With the new tool, Instagram expects the community to block four million fewer accounts every week as they will be blocked automatically.
Another feature that comes to improve a feature present on Instagram is the warning to “don’t clap your hands to crazy”. When to answer a comment already identified by Instagram as offensivethe social network will issue a warning asking the user to “think about what to say before responding”.
Last year, Instagram launched a warning tool that informs a user that their comment may go against the social network’s guidelines — and it claims this has reduced the number of offensive comments. By expanding the warning function, the platform seems to follow an old (and useful) internet “mantra”: don’t feed the trolls.