Instagram's warning to trolls: 'Your account may be deleted'

Ruben Fields
July 20, 2019

They will also now be sending notifications to those users whose accounts are at risk of being disabled.

Instagram has updated its account disable policy in a way that will potentially result in more accounts getting banned.

Under Instagram's new account disable policy, it will also remove accounts with a certain number of violations within a window of time. The social media network operator said it is starting with appeals for content deleted for violations including nudity and pornography, bullying and harassment, hate speech, drug sales and counter-terrorism polices. Additionally, if the content is removed in error, Instagram will restore the post and wave off the violation from the account's record. Users can still appeal for their disabled accounts, but unlike appealing for their content which can be done via the alert, users will need to appeal through the Help Centre. Currently, Instagram takes down accounts that have a certain percentage of content that violates its rules. The change was made in order to "more consistently" enforce the company's policies, Instagram revealed in an announcement on Thursday.

This isn't the first time in recent weeks that Instagram tried to clean up bad behavior on its platform. The company shared a screenshot of the new violations warning notification (above), which shows the unacceptable content that was removed and, when applicable, warns the user that their account is dangerously close to being terminated.

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You have to make useful changes to your Instagram's feed to match up with the company's policies and guidelines.

The alert will include a history of everything Instagram has had to remove from the account, including posts, comments, and stories.

Instagram is testing a new feature that will let you "shadow ban" individual users. This means that more accounts will be subject to deletion.

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