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Instagram tests new 'Limits' feature to protect against harassment

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Citing a "wave of racism" in the wake of England's loss to Italy in the Euro 2020 soccer championship, which saw three Black players from England's team facing immediate harassment both online and off, Instagram head Adam Mosseri took to the platform to announce a new feature aimed at protecting against the trolls. Called Limits, the feature lets users temporarily pause incoming interactions if they're feeling targeted.  

"Racism and hate speech have no place on Instagram," Mossieri explained in a roughly three-minute video posted Thursday. "People need to feel comfortable. They need to feel safe expressing themselves if they're going to use Instagram, and for the whole thing to work."

To that end, Mosseri says that Instagram is pursuing two goals with the new feature: first, to reduce the amount of harassment on the platform as much as possible, and second, to provide ...

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