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Instagram Messages Really Need to Go Away!

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Instagram Messages are rapidly becoming an aggravation for a number of users because most of the time, they seem to be nothing more than spam.

A few times every week, I’m notified of new Instagram Messages I’ve received.

Almost all of them come from people who I do not follow. They come in the form of “requests.” A user wants to send you a message, the notification says.

I go in to click the inbox and invariably I find a graphic of some provocative pose. An invitation to visit a different site accompanies the image.

This, in most time zones, is clearly spam.

In every case, I report the image to Instagram. In most every case, Instagram emails me days — or sometimes weeks — later to tell me they’ve removed the user for violating the site’s terms of service.

The next week, the cycle begins again.

Lather, rinse, repeat.

The flaw of Instagram Messages is the simple thing missing.

I searched the net for what I was sure should be a simple answer. One website promised an easy way to disable the messages. But the site doesn’t provide such an option. It explains how to disable notifications of such messages. That’s fine if you want to play dumb and pretend that it’s not happening.

But if you’re interested in blocking them altogether, you’re apparently out of luck.

Instagram fails to provide a way to turn off incoming messages.

It doesn’t allow you to even turn off messages only from people you don’t follow. That in itself would make a tremendous difference. Presumably, if you follow someone who follows you back, you probably wouldn’t mind hearing from them.

It’s people you choose not to follow who you should be able to prevent from contacting you. (If they want to reach you, let them follow you and let you decide whether to make that two-sided connection!)

In the absence of such an option, we, the users, are forced to deal with annoying spam.

I don’t have that many followers on my Instagram account. I can’t even imagine what it must be like for those who do!

A simple setting that would prevent people you don’t follow from sending messages at all would solve almost all of Instagram’s spam problem.

It’s time that setting was added!

1 Comment

  1. Hi Patrick, It’s amazing how many of the messages are spam but once or twice I did get clients messaging me there so it’s hard to go away!
    It reminds me of DM’s on Twitter. Now I tweet friends if i DM them 🙂
    I wonder how all of this messaging got so spammy over time? I keep reading about chatbot message for FB but those seem spammy too, what’s your take on them?

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Patrick is a Christian with more than 29 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.