Instagram, a Meta-owned social networking service has announced new safety measures and parental features. This allows users to have further control over their feeds and profiles than last year. Instagram is limiting sensitive content on the app by default for underage users in the latest update.
The under 16 Instagram users would be set into the refined version of its app.
With the recent update, Instagram users below the age of 16 would be put into its filtered version app, except if the settings are changed by the users manually. Likewise, Instagram is challenging a new system that will let teens examine and update their security and privacy settings.
Instagram announced that it will develop its sensitive content defaults for young users. “Standard” and “Less” are the only two options available for teenage users. According to Instagram, users under 16 years would default to the “Less” state, and Instagram will send a quick reminder to the existing users, making them select the “Less” option.
Moreover, Instagram will activate filter-sensitive content for teenage users over Search, Explore, Hashtag Pages, Reels, Feed Recommendations, and Suggested Accounts.
Aside from this, the social media platform will also request under 18 users on the app to check their settings updating safety and privacy settings. With this, teens would be able to limit who can share their content, who can send direct messages and contact them, and what kind of content their followers can view. Instagram would also display prompts asking teens to review how they can control their time spent on the app.
All these recent updates are being managed to produce a safe environment for teenage users on Instagram. Last year, it also announced a sensitivity filter making users able to set restrictions around how much sensitive content they might see on their “Explore” page. Later, to check how old everyone is on the messaging platform, Instagram started asking users to fill in their birthday details. This helped them to control inappropriate posts for minors.