🏳️🌈 INSTAGRAM: Restrict Feature Released
After 3 months of testing, Instagram has released the 'Restrict' shadowban feature. The tool they have developed enables Instagram users to restrict other accounts from posting content on and sending messages to their own account. Instagram explained this summer, “Restrict is intended to limit the reach of bullies without fully blocking them, an action that may make the bullying worse”.
Our interpretation of the philosophy behind shadowbans on Instagram is simple: Many users from the LGBT + community face bullying from other users they know in real life. Blocking a bully on Instagram in 2019 could essentially persuade the bully to increase their torment of the user in real life, which is why many users avoid blocking them.
FYI: Blocking an account that is posting abusive content may simply drive the bully to create a new account after the first one is blocked. For these reasons, blocking is not always the ideal way to prevent problematic comments and messages from being directed at an account.
Restrict is a solid alternative, enabling Instagram users to instead limit an unwanted account in a way that doesn't alert the bully. Comments published by a restricted account are hidden by default and any private messages sent from the restricted account will be automatically sent to the recipient's Message Request inbox. These restricted DMs can be read, but the sender won't be alerted to the fact that their message was viewed.
Restrict is now available to all Instagram users, and we hope, that if anyone who resorts to needing to use this feature has an improved experience whilst using Instagram.
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