The policy update should allow Instagram to more quickly disable accounts that repeatedly violated the rules.
There is news on Instagram’s enforcement of consequences in the context of policy violations. While many users are still wondering about the extended test to hide the Likes , the policy for locking accounts is outdated. For this purpose, a notification system is introduced, which also allows users to object.
Rule violations in a certain period will be punished
So far, Instagram accounts are blocked if they have a certain percentage of content that violates the policy. But via blogpost, the platform announced that in cooperation with parent company Facebook new criteria for the process of blocking accounts will be used. Accordingly, from now on, additional accounts that have a certain number of violations within a specified period, are blocked. In this way, Instagram should be able to punish rule violations on the platform more constant, while more account holders for their violations are held accountable.
For affected users to understand – if they do not even know – what they did wrong in their posts, a messaging system will be introduced. This will also indicate to the account holders if their account is in danger of being blocked.
Instagram allows users to object
If content was deleted from Instagram accounts, the affected users can complain about the new notifications. So far, an appeal is possible if content has been removed in one of the following contexts:
- Nudity and pornography
- Harassment and harassment
- Hate speech
- drug sales
However, the range of opposition options will soon be extended. If it turns out during the check that a post has been wrongly removed, it will be put back online. In addition, the violation is removed from the account register. If the option was previously organized through the Help Center , it will be able to run directly through Instagram in the future.
With the update to account suspension policies, the platform communicates the responsibility to remove inappropriate content as extensively and regularly as possible. That is a noble goal. But many users doubt that Facebook and Instagram are actually able to handle such content. Recently, photos of a woman’s body had appeared on Instagram, which, although removed after a few hours, had been shared and repeatedly posted to an account. In case of doubt, the guidelines of a plat- form do not apply to the power of the community. However, the move to remove accounts that regularly accumulate violations is another one in the right direction.