Instagram Now Monitoring Private Messages for 'Hate Speech' to Ban Users
Facebook-owned social media giant announces crackdown on 'breaking our rules in DMs'
Facebook-owned Instagram announced this week that it is now monitoring users' private messages and will permanently ban individuals found to be using "hate speech."
Mark Zuckerberg's social media giant said Wednesday that it is cracking down on users who are "breaking our rules in DMs [direct messages]."
The new crackdown was revealed during a statement from Instagram about its recent cull of accounts and content.
95% of the “6.5 million pieces of hate speech” from the months July through September were censored by the platform without anyone even reporting it, the Big Tech giant boasted.
“Today, we’re announcing that we’ll take tougher action when we become aware of people breaking our rules in DMs," the statement said.
"Currently, when someone sends DMs that break our rules, we prohibit that person from sending any more messages for a set period of time."
"Now, if someone continues to send violating messages, we’ll disable their account,” the statement continues.
"We’ll also disable new accounts created to get around our messaging restrictions, and will continue to disable accounts we find that are created purely to send abusive messages."
Instagram also noted that its content moderators are “committed to cooperation with UK law enforcement authorities on hate speech and will respond to valid legal requests for information in these cases.”
The confirmation from Instagram that the platform is actively monitoring private messages in their DM system, and that they will now ban users for what they define as “hate speech,” is further raising privacy and censorship concerns.
Silicon Valley oligarchs appear to be making it clear that they wish to silence anyone whom they disagree with on their platforms.
On Thursday, Twitter shut down the accounts of conservative journalist James O’Keefe and his investigative organization Project Veritas.
Twitter said the accounts were in violation of “rules against posting private information,” according to The Federalist.
This decision by Twitter comes after Project Veritas’s reporting on Facebook Vice President Guy Rosen saying the Big Tech platform intentionally “freezes,” via algorithms, comments where hate speech “may be.”
In clips that were released Wednesday, Project Veritas captured Rosen saying the following during a leaked internal Facebook call meeting:
“We have a system that is able to freeze commenting on threads in cases where our systems are detecting that there may be a thread that has hate speech or violence. …
"These are all things we’ve built over the past three-four years as part of our investments into the integrity space, our efforts to protect the election.”
The moves by Big Tech to silence opinions and voices they don’t like are running rampant.
In an announcement on Feb. 8, Facebook claimed it is “expanding our efforts to remove false claims on Facebook and Instagram about COVID-19, COVID-19 vaccines and vaccines in general during the pandemic.”
“We will begin enforcing this policy immediately, with a particular focus on Pages, groups, and accounts that violate these rules, and we’ll continue to expand our enforcement over the coming weeks,” Facebook said.
“Groups, Pages, and accounts on Facebook and Instagram that repeatedly share these debunked claims may be removed altogether.”