Instagram tightens default sensitive content settings for teens

Instagram tightens default sensitive content settings for teens
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According to an Instagram announcement, the most restricted setting for Sensitive Content Control, "Less," will now be the default account setting for new users under the age of sixteen. Teenagers who already use Instagram will receive push notifications "encouraging" them to choose the heavier filtering on what the algorithm displays across Search, Explore, Hashtag Pages, Reels, Feed Recommendations, and Suggested Accounts.

Instagram's "Standard" setting limits the amount of sensitive content users may view; the "Less" and "More" options further impose restrictions, respectively, while the "Standard" setting permits users to view only a limited amount of sensitive information or profiles. Teenagers presently only have access to "Standard" and "Less," although users over the age of 18 usually have access to "Standard," "Less," and "More."

Instagram first made its "Less" option available in June. In the US and other countries, it started to roll out a feature a week later that suggests to teenage users that they look at different content if they spend too much time on one particular topic and avoids subjects related to appearance comparison.

Instagram is also experimenting with teen-oriented suggestions that advise them to restrict who can interact with their material. They will be required to examine privacy and security settings for things like who may message them, who can re-share their information, what kind of content they can read, and time management.

Teenage users will be encouraged to review who can interact with their content
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Instagram's "Sensitive Content Control" function became Live in July 2021. Users were not expected to view any potentially hazardous or "inappropriate" content presented to them on the Explore page thanks to the filter. The tuning made to the algorithm has increased in significance as Meta/Instagram ramps up suggested material in response to TikTok's growth.

Many people in the art, world, sex industry, tattoo industry, and cannabis sector opposed the function because it allowed them to be disqualified from the feed of ideas if their accounts or material were detected. Instagram outlines what it considers to be sensitive content in the Help Center, including posts that feature violent imagery, are sexually explicit or provocative, or advertise controlled goods and narcotics.

Instagram just added additional features geared toward delivering a secure experience. Parental controls, which enable parents and guardians to keep an eye on what their children do on Instagram, including how much time they spend using the app, were added to the site in March.