Instagram to punish hate speech more severely

Instagram will give no respite to users who share hateful messages on its platform. The Facebook subsidiary has just announced that it is strengthening its measures to prevent this kind of content from being distributed.

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Just one day after Safer Internet Day, a day dedicated to a safer Internet for all, Instagram unveiled its new anti-abuse policy on its platform. In a statement, published yesterday on its blog, the social network announces strengthened measures to fight against discrimination and hate messages. “We want Instagram to be a place where people can connect with the people and the things they love. But we also know that just like in the offline world, there are always those who abuse others. We recently saw it with racist abuse online targeting footballers in the UK. “ Indeed, after a defeat, a team was the target of racist comments on Instagram. A situation obviously condemned by the social network, and not even Prince William himself.

Pure and simple deactivations

But tackling hate speech in private messages is no small feat. As the social network notes, while moderators can easily remove problematic content when shared in public, things get complicated when it comes to private exchanges. Currently, users who send hate messages through DMs see their accounts blocked for a limited period after reporting. Going forward, Instagram will tighten the screw and announce that if a person continues after a first warning, his account will be automatically blocked. It also announces that it will prohibit the creation of new accounts to avoid this restriction. The social network finally specifies that it “Undertakes to cooperate with the UK authorities on hate speech and will respond to legal requests for valid information in these cases.” “ As a reminder, if you receive a hate message, or are the victim of harassment or intimidation, it is possible to block the user in your account settings. You can also report it to Instagram via the dedicated button. Instagram’s hate speech policy prohibits attacks against people based on protected characteristics, including religion, ethnicity as well as “More implicit forms of hate speech”. Cartoon content such as « BlackFace » or anti-Semitic remarks are also prohibited.

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