Digital Threat Assessment Toolkit
2.5 Instagram Direct
Instagram Direct is a private message inbox. This is a feature that allows users to privately communicate within the Instagram app, similar to text messaging. It can only be accessed on the user’s mobile device. This is where users can receive private messages from friends, participate in group chats, or receive messages from strangers. This is one of the main locations where sexting/nude photos can be exchanged, either with a timer or sent as a photo with IG Direct. There is no way to turn off Instagram Direct.
Since Instagram is currently one of the most popular social media platforms for youth, it is important to stay up to date with platform specific trends and information. Instagram is regularly adding features and updating its user interface.