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Instagram’s Working on a New Filter to Limit Exposure to Sensitive Content

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With the amount of negative news at the moment, this could prove to be an important addition for Instagram moving forward.

As per user Alessandro Paluzzi (and social media expert Matt Navarra), the platform is working on a new option which would enable users to limit their exposure to sensitive content on the platform via a new setting.

Instagram Sensitive Content setting

As you can see here, the new setting, when switched on, would mean that the user would “see fewer photos and videos that might be sensitive”. The option was also spotted in testing by reverse engineering expert Jane Manchun Wong, who additionally noted that the setting was on by default when she came across it.

Of course, Instagram already limits user exposure to sensitive content by placing questionable posts behind a screen, and giving users an option to view the photo/video if they choose.

Instagram video screen

Maybe this new setting would make that screen obsolete? Or maybe, if the setting is on by default, then people will still see these ‘sensitive content’ screens, but if you choose to switch the new setting off, you effectively remove these screens from your feed, so you can view all types of content unimpeded.

There could also be a more expanded use for it – maybe it’s for borderline content which is not quite at the level where the screen is required, but still, maybe people would prefer not to see it. Or it could just mean you see less of these posts – offensive content screen included – in order to save you from the compulsion to look.

The option is still only in early testing, so we don’t have any info to go on at this stage, but it looks likely to be rolled out sometime soon. We’ll have more info on the actual functionality of the toggle then.

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Elon Musk in row with Zelensky over Russia ‘peace plan’

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Billionaire Elon Musk has tweeted that he was buying English football club Manchester United, without providing any details as to whether he was serious or not

Billionaire Elon Musk. — © AFP/File Attila KISBENEDEK

US billionaire Elon Musk was embroiled in a social media spat with Ukrainian officials including President Volodymyr Zelensky on Monday over his ideas on ending Russia’s invasion.

Musk sparked the controversy on Twitter by proposing a peace deal involving re-running under UN supervision annexation referendums in Moscow-occupied Ukrainian regions, acknowledging Russian sovereignty over the Crimean peninsula and giving Ukraine a neutral status.

The Tesla and SpaceX founder created a poll to let his more than 107 million followers vote on the idea.

Zelensky responded with a Twitter poll of his own, asking: “Which @elonmusk do you like more?” with the options “One who supports Ukraine” and “One who supports Russia”.

Kyiv’s ambassador to Germany Andriy Melnyk replied bluntly: “My very diplomatic response (to Musk) is to get lost.”

Ukrainian presidential aide Mykhaylo Podolyak suggested a “better peace plan” under which Ukraine took back its territories including Crimea, Russia was demilitarised and denuclearised and “war criminals” faced an international tribunal.

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Musk later said Moscow could announce a full mobilisation, leading to a “full war” where “death on both sides will be devastating” given Russia’s far larger population.

“Victory for Ukraine is unlikely in total war. If you care about the people of Ukraine, seek peace,” he wrote on Twitter.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has called on Ukraine to cease hostilities and negotiate after ordering a partial mobilisation to bolster his forces and threatening to use nuclear weapons.

Zelensky has said he will never negotiate with Russia as long as Putin remained its leader.

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