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AFL welcomes new Instagram abuse filters

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The AFL has welcomed a move from social media giant Facebook that aims to protect players from online abuse, including racist messages on Instagram.

Working alongside sports anti-discrimination organisations like the UK’s Kick it Out initiative, the Facebook-owned Instagram has developed tools aimed to protect high-profile individuals like athletes on the social media platform.

One is a new feature to filter out abusive direct message requests while another gives users the option to both block someone’s Instagram account and simultaneously block new accounts that a person may create, therefore stopping them from continuing the harassment.

Carlton veteran Eddie Betts and West Coast gun Liam Ryan are among the players to have received racist…



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