Facebook-owned photo-messaging app Instagram is working on a new feature that can help ban spam direct messages (DMs) on public accounts.
This feature will allow users to choose who can connect to them via message.
Reliable users from which one can choose, according to Jane Manchun Wong, a trusted app leaker, only have the ability to receive messages from the people they follow.
On Instagram, spam bots are everywhere, with nasty comments on posts and even users slipping into DMs.
The current set-up of Instagram still allows strangers to send messages directly, though it shows up as a request that can be ignored.
The new feature may possibly prevent them from sending messages. The setting will clearly appear under a new option in the privacy settings.
This will even give an option to who can be added to a group chat.