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Instagram strengthens its measures against situations of harassment and the dissemination of sensitive content

Instagram strengthens its measures against situations of harassment and the dissemination of sensitive content

Instagram informed users that it will take a series of measures to avoid situations of harassment and the dissemination of sensitive content that minors could have access to. (REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo)

Meta’s social network, Instagraminformed users that it will take a series of measures to avoid situations of bullying and the spread of sensitive content to which minors may have access. The decision includes increasing the restrictions on this content by default for those accounts.

The idea of ​​increasing the scope of the default restrictions of the profiles of underage users It is not new and was announced in June of this year. The social network system will activate the “Less” option automatically for users with less than 16 years old old.

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The new form of interaction Instagram plans for minors contrasts with the current state of the platform, which allows a “standard” display that allows greater access to sensitive content for this type of profile.

Greater control of what you see

The changes that will be applied to the platform and that are designed for a teenage audience will influence not only the users’ feed, but also other sections of the social networksuch as search, Explore, tag pages, photos, recommendations, and suggested accounts.

Instagram's changes will affect not only the user's feed, but also other sections of the social network, such as search, Explore, tag pages, photos, recommendations and suggested accounts.  (REUTERS/Thomas White)
Instagram’s changes will affect not only the user’s feed, but also other sections of the social network, such as search, Explore, tag pages, photos, recommendations and suggested accounts. (REUTERS/Thomas White)

For current users, Instagram will offer a configuration review of your account in this social network. This includes options to control who can reshare their content, who is allowed to message them, and also the amount of time what happens on instagram

The new default settings are the social network’s way of fighting bullying and sensitive content in a context in which the social network and its algorithm works by prioritizing more the interaction of people with different content and profiles displayed on the platform.

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Depending on the platform, one way to personalize the experience and engaging with a specific type of content depends on how likely a person is to take an action when viewing a post. The more likely it is that some type of interaction will be generated, the content will be shown higher in the ‘feed’ and more frequently.

These options are in addition to other security features, such as the one that blocks messages from adults to accounts of teenagers who do not follow them.

personalized experience

For all other users of legal age, Instagram has implemented a series of modifications so that they can have greater control over content that are shown in their ‘feed’, so that the experience within the platform is as personalized as possible.

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Control of sensitive content (Instagram)
Control of sensitive content (Instagram)

The features aimed at this goal are: add a exclusive feed only for those accounts marked as “favorites”, locate posts chronologically, interact with posts and suggested profiles based on the behavior shown on the social network, in addition to a control called “I am not interested”, intended for content that the user no longer wishes to see as recommended.

In case the person wants configure the application of Instagram in order not to see content to which it is sensitive, the social network also gives this possibility, although not to minor users. In order to change the settings of sensitive contentyou must click on the profile picture of your profile, then touch the settings menu, go to “Account” and then “Sensitive content control”.

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