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Quote of a "wave of racism " following the defeat England v Italy in the Euro 2020 football championship, which saw three black players from the England squad facing immediate harassment online and offline , Instagram manager Adam Mosseri announced a new feature to protect against trolls. Called Limits, the feature allows users to temporarily suspend inbound interactions if they feel targeted.
"Racism and hate speech have no place on Instagram, " Mossieri explains in a video of about three minutes posted on Thursday. "People have to feel comfortable. They have to feel safe to express themselves if they want to use Instagram, and for everything to work.
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To that end, says Mosseri, Instagram is pursuing two goals with the new feature: first, to reduce the number of harassments on the platform as much as possible, and second, to provide tools that targets of harassment can use to protect themselves.
"We know that people are sometimes there are temporary times of real risk and pain, and we want to give them tools to protect themselves in those situations, "Mosseri said.
Instagram's Limits feature is currently being tested in some countries. before a potential wider deployment. Meanwhile, Mosseri said there was still work to be done, both in terms of reducing hate speech on the platform and allowing users to protect themselves from it.
"Expect to find out more about us on thees both fronts in the coming months "he said.