August 06, 2023
Instagram has finally introduced a long-awaited feature to tackle the issue of unwanted direct message (DM) requests. A recent update now provides Instagram users with the ability to control who can send them DM requests, according to TechCrunch.
This feature underwent testing last month and is now available to all Instagram users. The first constraint prohibits users from sending multiple DM requests to a person who does not follow them on Instagram. Once the recipient accepts the initial request, the sender can then send subsequent DM requests. The second limitation restricts DM requests to text-only formats, disallowing images, videos, and voice notes.
“We want people to feel confident and in control when they open their inbox. That’s why we’re testing new features that mean people can’t receive images, videos or multiple messages from someone they don’t follow, until they’ve accepted the request to chat. We’re grateful for the feedback we hear from our community — and we’ll keep listening to find ways to help everyone feel safer on Instagram,” told TechCrunch Cindy Southworth, head of Women’s Safety at Meta.
In addition to these constraints aimed at reducing DM request spam, Instagram has incorporated a “Restrict” setting to regulate an account’s presence without resorting to blocking. This feature is particularly useful for users wanting to limit interactions with specific accounts without completely cutting off contact.
Upon restricting an account, only the restricted user can view their comments on your posts. Importantly, these users will remain unaware that their comments are unseen by others, and their DMs will be automatically routed to your DM requests folder. This offers a viable middle-ground solution for users seeking protection against online harassment without fully blocking an account.