A big Update for Teenage Instagram Users
Technology: One of the biggest photo-sharing platforms, meta-owned Instagram has announced another big update to its Sensitive Content Control for teen users. The update will automatically put new teenaged below 16 years under the Less option for the content that they will be exposed to in the app.
Teenage users currently have options on Instagram to limit the sensitivity of the content they post. The social media platform has launched a new feature that restricts such content. The latest update will automatically enable the less option for new teens who are under 16 years and have an account on the app and which is the most restrictive content, meaning the least sensitive content will be shown to such users or teenagers.
Instagram first introduced this “Less” sensitive content in June and started rolling out the feature to suggest that teenagers look at other content if they spend time on a particular topic. Instagram’s Sensitive Content Control has three default settings, 1. Standard, 2. Less, and 3. More.
In the Standard setting, it allows users to see some other content deemed sensitive, while the “Less” option restricts most of the sensitive content on the page. Then the More setting, allows users to see more sensitive content or accounts than the default settings. The users under 18 only have access to “Standard” and “Less” content.
The company said in BlogSpot, that teenage users will default to the “Less” state. For teens already on Instagram, Instagram will send a prompt encouraging them to select the “Less” experience. Well, this will make it more difficult for young people to come across potentially sensitive content or accounts in Search, Explore, Feed Recommendations, Hashtag Pages, Reels, and Suggested Accounts.
The new setting would affect the Search bit, Explore, Reels, Hashtag Pages, Feed Recommendations, and some suggested Accounts. Instagram launched Sensitive Content Control, last year allowing users to control sensitive content.