How to stop receiving group spam messages on Instagram
About a month ago, I started seeing an increase in stranger group posts on Instagram. Unfortunately, the messages ended up being spam. There are two ways to deal with these unwanted messages.
How to report spam on Instagram
You can click on the profile picture. Then click on the three dots at the top right. Here you can either:
- Block this user
- Restrict this user
- Report a user
When reporting a user, you have two options to choose from. “It’s spam” is the simplest. You can also select “This is inappropriate” and “Report this user”.
Did you know that you can report accounts for a number of reasons, including disliking the content, suicide, self-harm or eating disorders, selling illegal or regulated products, nudity or sexual activity, hate speech or symbols, violence or dangerous organization, intimidation or harassment, Intellectual property infringement, scam or fraud and misinformation?
In Instagram’s message requests section, you can just go to “Block” and then “Delete”
You can also tap “Delete All” at the bottom of the screen to ignore all requests at once.
Be careful, when you authorize a message request from someone, their future messages will go directly to your inbox.
Instagram says, “Keep in mind that your report is anonymous unless you report an intellectual property violation. The account you reported will not see who reported them.
How to stop group spam on Instagram at the source
The best way to stop these unwanted messages is to change your settings to make sure you don’t get added to these annoying groups. On your phone, click the Settings cog, then select Messages under Interactions. Here you can change the default setting to “Allow others to add you to groups”, to “Only people you follow” rather than “Everyone on Instagram”.