A New Update Allows FB Users To Message You. Here’s How to Block ’em!
The social media juggernaut Facebook has merged Instagram and it’s own DM’s in an effort to integrate both platforms. This means that anyone from Facebook now has the ability to send you messages on Instagram.
This is part of a larger movement from the from their end to further integrate both apps. If you’re wondering how to separate Facebook and Instagram DM’s, thankfully there’s a simple way to do just that.
Open your Instagram app and head over to your profile. You’ll find it on the bottom right of the screen.
Once there, access the settings menu by tapping on the hamburger icon, found on the top right section of your screen.
This will open up a slider featuring a bunch of options. You’re looking for settings, which is denoted by the gear icon right at the bottom of this list.
Clicking on Settings will open up a new page that showcases a lot of options for configuration.
Here navigate to Privacy, and then Messages, denoted by the Facebook Messenger icon.
Here’s where the magic happens! You have a couple of ways to customize who can slide into your DM’s here.
You’re looking for the very first option on this list, i.e., “Facebook Friends or People You’ve Chatted with On Messenger“.
Tapping on this should bring up a small menu of options for you to customize based on your preference. The default option, called “Chats” allows anyone from Facebook & Instagram to message you. To put a stop to that permanently, just click on the 3rd option on the list, titled “Don’t Receive Requests“.
If you’re open to the idea of receiving messages but would like to review them beforehand, tap on “Message Requests“.
Not too keen on the idea of friends of friends reaching you via DM’s? Just head back to the previous menu and click on “Friends of Friends“.
Here just choose “Don’t Receive Requests” to shut ’em out but good!
There’s also an option to prevent strangers on Facebook from reaching out to ya. To find it, head back to the Messages menu, just tap on “Others on Facebook“, and once there, just tap “Don’t Receive Requests“, just like before.
That just about does it! If you’re worried about people you don’t know trying to hit you up on your favorite social media app and you’re otherwise very happy with keeping your Facebook and Instagram DM’s separate, these provisions should be more than enough to keep ’em out, and give you some peace of mind, too!
It’s worth noting though, that you’d only have to worry about this if you’ve decided to merge your accounts. If you haven’t, then there’s nothing to fret about at all.
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