Top personalities across the esports and entertainment industries are demanding Instagram to add a new feature that would vastly improve their experience with the platform.
Taking to Twitter, Mixer star and legendary Fortnite player Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins voiced his displeasure with the amount of direct message spam he receives.
“It’s a joke that Instagram doesn’t have a verified tab or a way to separate verified DMs or message requests from regular spam,” he wrote to his five million followers after some late night brainstorming.
It’s a joke that Instagram doesn’t have a verified tab or a way to separate verified DMs or message requests from regular spam.
Late night thoughts 😬
— Ninja (@Ninja) February 13, 2020
On Twitter, being verified puts a checkmark next to an account name. Verified users are often top personalities with large followings, and the checkmark confirms their identity to prevent fraud.
Others tended to agree with the Fortnite star. YouTuber Jimmy "Mr Beast" Donaldson replied to the tweet, saying he agreed “1000000%.”
According to Mr Beast, he’s very frustrated that he has no idea when a verified account is trying to reach out to him.
I have no idea when someone else verified is trying to reach me on insta. It’s so frustrating :/
— MrBeast (@MrBeastYT) February 13, 2020
100 Thieves content creator "Froste" also supported the idea, claiming that the best part about Twitter was not seeing DMs or mentions from “unverified heathens.”
Ali ‘Myth’ Kabbani called the lack of direct message separation his “biggest frustration” with Instagram.
However, not everyone was in support of Ninja’s suggestion. Unverified user 'Squillivm' took issue with the claim that messages from non-verified people were “spam” and compared the idea to social class segregation.
Been out for nearly 10 years and this is still my biggest frustration with the app.
— Myth (@TSM_Myth) February 13, 2020
Other users posted sarcastic replies such as “tough life you guys live” and “stop complaining, you could just use another app” - a shot at how Ninja ditched Twitch to stream exclusively on Mixer.
Whether or not Instagram intends to add the feature remains up in the air, but it’s clear that many big names want to see something done to filter out what they consider to be spam messages.