Some Instagram users are now seeing a new 'Limits' option within their Privacy settings, which enables you to temporarily limit unwanted comments and messages from selected groups. Instagram says that it will recommend groups of accounts that you may want to limit based on detected activity, which will then enable users to hide interactions from these users unless they manually choose to see them.
Users can specifically choose to limit interactions from accounts that don't follow them, or new followers, which could help to reduce the impact of those looking to join a pile-on, as a result of users being 'cancelled' or similar. If users make a comment which they know will spark a response, the sudden amplification of attention can be a lot to take, so shutting down, or limiting those mentions, can provide welcome relief, enabling users to lessen anxiety and stress.
The author reached out to Instagram for more info on the update, and the platform provided the following statement:
|"We want to give people more ways to manage intense instances of harassment or abuse. We're testing a new tool that lets people hide comments and DMs from recent followers or people they don't follow for a certain period of time."|