Instagram is expanding its nudge notifications to remind users to be respectful and supportive.
Instagram is adding a feature that will ask users to remain respectful when it detects a potentially offensive response, as well as when users send a message request to creators. The company hopes this will reduce abuse on the platform.
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Cyberbullying and harassment remains a problem on many social media platforms. As a result, Instagram announced a series of measures to combat abuse on its platform.
In a Instagram blog post on October 20, 2022, the company said it was expanding its use of nudges. This follows the initial introduction of nudges in 2021.
Previously, the platform displayed warnings if a user attempted to post a comment that might violate their community guidelines. Instagram says these nudges can reduce the number of hurtful remarks on the platform, which is why it’s expanding the feature.
Instagram notes in its blog post:
Now, a new notification will encourage users to pause and think about how they want to respond before responding to a comment that our systems believe may be offensive.
The new nudges will ask users to make Instagram a place of support. These nudges will appear in comment replies and when a user sends a message request to a creator.
Comment reply nudges are now available for users who have set their app language to English, Portuguese, Spanish, French, Chinese, or Arabic. The messaging creator boosts will be rolling out over the next few weeks and will be available globally.
Instagram says it will continue to work on ways to reduce abuse on the app. It’s not the only social media company to introduce these types of nudges, with Twitter expanding its average tweet prompt in 2021. Twitter said its 2020 prompt test revealed a significant number of tweets. users have revised or deleted their tweets upon seeing the notification. .
Instagram continues to work to combat abuse
The new prompts can be effective if the data from Twitter is valid. However, the platform will need to continue its work against harassment and abuse if it wants to create a safer environment for users.