The company said on Wednesday that along with the filter option for abusive direct messages, it will also make it harder for people blocked by users to circumvent and contact them through new accounts.
The filter, which can be activated on Instagram in privacy settings, can be customised by users to include words, phrases, and emojis that they wish to block or avoid receiving in their message requests.
Users can use their discretion to report, delete or open messages, which will be sorted into a hidden requests folder, Instagram said.
The feature, which is only applicable to direct message requests and not the inbox itself, will roll out in some countries in the coming weeks, said Instagram.
Starting in a few weeks, all users will also have the extended option to entirely block out people from contacting them on Instagram, after blocking their account.
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