Instagram is working on a feature to combat unwanted nude photos in your DMs

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The new feature ensures that explicit messages containing nudity remain covered unless you choose to view them (Image: Shutterstock)

People slipping into Instagram DMs with unwanted nude pics and sexually explicit images has long been a problem among users.

It looks like Instagram is finally working to protect its users from this awkward experience.

App researcher Alessandro Paluzzi posted an early image of the tool on Twitter this week.

Meta confirmed the feature to The Verge, saying the optional user controls are still in the early stages of development.

Based on Paluzzi’s image, people can protect themselves from nude photos. The new feature ensures that explicit messages containing nudity remain covered unless you choose to view them.

“The technology on your device covers photos that may contain nudity in chats. Instagram can’t access photos,” Paluzzi tweeted.

The new feature will reportedly be similar to the Hidden Words feature, which allows users to automatically filter direct message requests with objectionable content.

The technology will not allow Meta to see the actual messages or share them with third parties.

Instagram’s tools failed on 90 percent of image-based direct messages sent to high-profile women, according to a report released earlier this year by the Center for Countering Digital Hate, a British non-profit.

Many were sent sexual images of men, and not even the “hidden words” feature was able to completely filter out swear words like “b*tch”.

In June, Instagram rolled out new parental control tools for teen accounts in the UK and Ireland.

Metro.co.uk has reached out to Meta for comment.

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