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Old 06.02.2021, 22:43
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Instagram - help question

I really can't find an answer to this problem anywhere, I'm hoping someone on here might have an idea.

In the last month probably, I've started getting message requests on Instagram (private account), but not from individuals, from message "groups" of people I don't know.

There seems to be no way to leave these groups (that I didn't agree to join), no way to report them to IG, just "ignore" or "delete".

I have changed my settings to turn message requests and group requests off. But it is still happening.

Is anybody else suddenly getting this? Any ideas on how the hell to stop it? Apparently it's impossible to contact IG/FB for help
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Old 06.02.2021, 22:45
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Re: Instagram - help question

I have the same, I'm added to groups advertising sex chats and porn videos etc. These guys have found that adding you to groups, there is no way for us to report them, just delete. They'll have to address this issue soon though.
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Old 06.02.2021, 22:58
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I have the same, I'm added to groups advertising sex chats and porn videos etc. These guys have found that adding you to groups, there is no way for us to report them, just delete. They'll have to address this issue soon though.
Soooo frustrating!
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Old 07.02.2021, 11:26
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Re: Instagram - help question

I feel left out, I haven't been added to any of these groups ... :'(
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Old 07.02.2021, 13:09
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I feel left out, I haven't been added to any of these groups ... :'(
I feel left out too, but I only signed up a couple of days ago, thinking to use it for the business. I don't pretend to understand how it works, or more importantly why. It seems that some people want to see pictures that others have posted, fair enough, but then they sign up and expect more pictures on a regular, or even daily basis. Why would they be interested?

I look at it more, for me, as a write-only medium, just like the website or other possible advertising/promotion, but am reluctant to start posting there until I understand a bit more about how it works and what would be expected if I were to start posting stuff.
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Old 07.02.2021, 13:34
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Re: Instagram - help question

I found the answer. Go to your page/feed. In the menu top right choose Settings, then privacy, then messages. You can restrict messages and group adds to only people you follow, or to no-one!
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Old 07.02.2021, 13:39
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I found the answer. Go to your page/feed. In the menu top right choose Settings, then privacy, then messages. You can restrict messages and group adds to only people you follow, or to no-one!
Iíve seen this option online, but I donít have a messages option under privacy

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Re: Instagram - help question

Are you looking on a computer or on your phone? I notice that you don't have the same options when viewing on computers
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Old 07.02.2021, 13:49
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Are you looking on a computer or on your phone? I notice that you don't have the same options when viewing on computers
Iíve tried both. Itís not there on either. I have two accounts and neither have it. I wonder if theyíve got rid of it recently??
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Old 07.02.2021, 14:05
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FWIW I don't see that option either (Windows 10, Firefox browser), so it's not just you.
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Old 07.02.2021, 14:18
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Iíve tried both. Itís not there on either. I have two accounts and neither have it. I wonder if theyíve got rid of it recently??
Strange, I have that option on my personal account, but not my linked business account.
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Re: Instagram - help question

Having the same issue. You block the person who sent it, then you can leave the group.
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Old 07.02.2021, 21:31
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Having the same issue. You block the person who sent it, then you can leave the group.
Iíll have to wait for another one to come through before I can try this. But can you do it without accepting the message request?
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Old 08.02.2021, 12:23
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Iíll have to wait for another one to come through before I can try this. But can you do it without accepting the message request?
Yes, just click on the profile picture of the parasitical spammer, block them (if their profile picture is particularly raunchy, I report them for inappropriate content for good measure or just for spam), then, when you go back to your message, you get a notification gives you the option to leave the group.
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Re: Instagram - help question

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FWIW I don't see that option either (Windows 10, Firefox browser), so it's not just you.
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I poked around a bit and it turns out there are two sets of settings on the web/desktop version - if you go to the left hand menu, press the "... More" button at the bottom of the list, then "settings and privacy" , "privacy and safety" , "direct messages" and the first one is "Allow message requests from everyone" which includes groups - VERY annoying but if you're desperate... how asinine that they don't separate that.

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That's always the case for posts in the off-topic areas. https://www.englishforum.ch/forum-su...tml#post712041
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Old 09.02.2021, 00:54
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Mods: FYI - I could not thank anyone in this thread

I poked around a bit and it turns out there are two sets of settings on the web/desktop version - if you go to the left hand menu, press the "... More" button at the bottom of the list, then "settings and privacy" , "privacy and safety" , "direct messages" and the first one is "Allow message requests from everyone" which includes groups - VERY annoying but if you're desperate... how asinine that they don't separate that.

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So, I don't have that. No "more" option.

It seems, there are 2 versions of Instagram about. Either not everyone has been changed to the new version.... or they are doing some sort of A/B test or something. Frustrating.
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