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Instagram Expands Sensitive Content Control Options

Instagram has announced an expansion of its Sensitive Content Control options, which it first launched last July, providing more ways for users to manage their in-app experience.

Originally only covering the app’s ‘Explore’ element, Instagram will now enable users to manage the content that they see in all sections of the app.

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"Starting today, the Sensitive Content Control will cover all surfaces where we make recommendations. In addition to Explore, you will now be able to control the amount of sensitive content and accounts you see in Search, Reels, Accounts You Might Follow, Hashtag Pages and In-Feed Recommendations. With this update, we’re also applying the technology we use to enforce our Recommendation Guidelines to Instagram’s recommendations on Search and Hashtag pages. This update will be available to everyone in the coming weeks.”

As you can see in the screenshots above, Instagram’s sensitive content controls provide three options: “More”, “Standard” and “Less”.

“Standard” is the default state, and will prevent people from seeing some sensitive content and accounts. “More” enables people to see more sensitive content and accounts, whereas “Less” means they see less of this content than the default state. For people under the age of 18, the “More” option is unavailable.

That’ll help to reduce exposure to potentially harmful content in the app, which is a significant concern for parents, in particular, especially given the amount of time their kids are now spending in online environments.

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That’s been further amplified by the pandemic, with youngsters forced online to maintain social connection and engagement. It’s impossible for parents to monitor what their kids are seeing at all times, but any measure to better protect them from the worst of the web is a bonus, as they seek to minimize confusion and harm caused by such.

Parental controls also provide additional assurance on this front, and Instagram also added new parental control options in December last year.

Instagram Parental Controls

Sensitive content controls are another element, which are obviously not solely focused on youngsters, as such, but could help in adding extra assurance for parents.

As well as, of course, for regular users. One misguided search could lead you down the wrong path very easily, and it can be handy to have these extra measures to avoid unexpected, and unwanted visuals popping up on screen.

It’s another important step for IG, which continues to develop new tools to protect users from negative experiences.

To change your Sensitive Content Controls on Instagram:

  • Go to your profile
  • Tap the ‘Settings’ menu in the upper right corner
  • Tap ‘Account’
  • Tap ‘Sensitive Content Control’

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Brittisk tonåring dog efter "negativa effekter av onlineinnehåll": rättsläkare

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Molly Russell was exposed to online material 'that may have influenced her in a negative way'

Molly Russell was exposed to online material ‘that may have influenced her in a negative way’ – Copyright POOL/AFP/File Philip FONG

A 14-year-old British girl died from an act of self harm while suffering from the “negative effects of online content”, a coroner said Friday in a case that shone a spotlight on social media companies.

Molly Russell was “exposed to material that may have influenced her in a negative way and, in addition, what had started as a depression had become a more serious depressive illness,” Andrew Walker ruled at North London Coroner’s Court.

The teenager “died from an act of self-harm while suffering depression”, he said, but added it would not be “safe” to conclude it was suicide.

Some of the content she viewed was “particularly graphic” and “normalised her condition,” said Walker.

Russell, from Harrow in northwest London, died in November 2017, leading her family to set up a campaign highlighting the dangers of social media.

“There are too many others similarly affected right now,” her father Ian Russell said after the ruling.

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“At this point, I just want to say however dark it seems, there is always hope.

“I hope that this will be an important step in bringing about much needed change,” he added.

The week-long hearing became heated when the family’s lawyer, Oliver Sanders, took an Instagram executive to task.

A visibly angry Sanders asked Elizabeth Lagone, the head of hälsa and wellbeing at Meta, Instagram’s parent company, why the platform allowed children to use it when it was “allowing people to put potentially harmful content on it”.

“You are not a parent, you are just a business in America. You have no right to do that. The children who are opening these accounts don’t have the capacity to consent to this,” he said.

Lagone apologised after being shown footage, viewed by Russell, that “violated our policies”.

Of the 16,300 posts Russell saved, shared or liked on Instagram in the six-month period before her death, 2,100 related to depression, self-harm or suicide, the inquest heard.

Children’s charity NSPCC said the ruling “must be a turning point”.

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“Tech companies must be held accountable when they don’t make children’s safety a priority,” tweeted the charity.

“This must be a turning point,” it added, stressing that any delay to a government bill dealing with online safety “would be inconceivable to parents”.

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