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Instagram Will No Longer Allow Adults to DM Teens Who Do Not Follow Them

Instagram Will No Longer Allow Adults to DM Teens Who Do Not Follow Them

Instagram has just announced several new guidelines and rules to help keep the younger generation safe from predators and predatory behavior.

“To protect teens from unwanted contact from adults, we’re introducing a new feature that prevents adults from sending messages to people under 18 who don’t follow them. For example, when an adult tries to message a teen who doesn’t follow them, they receive a notification that DM’ing them isn’t an option,” Instagram revealed. “This feature relies on our work to predict peoples’ ages using machine learning technology, and the age people give us when they sign up. As we move to end-to-end encryption, we’re investing in features that protect privacy and keep people safe without accessing the content of DMs.”

The platform continued, “If an adult is sending a large amount of friend or message requests to people under 18, we’ll use this tool to alert the recipients within their DMs and give them an option to end the conversation, or block, report, or restrict the adult. People will start seeing these in some countries this month, and we hope to have them available everywhere soon.”

They will also begin to “make it more difficult for adults who have been exhibiting potentially suspicious behavior to interact with teens” by not showing teens in the “suggested follow” section.

The site also says they will encourage teens to make their accounts private if they wish.

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