The feature is called Sensitive Content Control.
Instagram gives its users more power to see what they want and don’t want to see in its discovery hub. When you update the app now, you may find a new toggle called Sensitive Content Control.
Hide Offensive Content
On Tuesday, Instagram users can now start hiding offensive content from the Explore tab.
You can find it in the Settings menu. It allows you to choose more content that’s upsetting or offensive or limit it.
How the company phrases the option is an indication that its moderation efforts are not perfect.
Facebook believes that users should be allowed to shape Instagram into the kind of experience that they want.
Instagram has tools that let you turn off comments or restrict people from interacting with you on the platform.
The platform has Community Guidelines to help them filter the type of content that can appear on Instagram. The overall point of the guidelines is to ensure that users are safe while they are using the app.
It has Recommendation rules designed to assure that the platform won’t show sensitive content from accounts that you’re not following.
What is Sensitive Content?
It’s a type of content that doesn’t break Instagram rules. However, it has the potential to upset you or other people. This can be sexually suggestive posts or violent ones.
With the new feature, you can now control how much sensitive content you want to see on Explore. You can leave things as they are if you are satisfied with them. However, if you think that it’s too much for your preference, you can adjust it through the Sensitive Content Control feature.
Instagram believes that every person has his/her own preferences when it comes to the type of content he/she wants to see. With this feature, you will have more control over what you see and do not see.
If the feature isn’t showing up on your app yet, then you might have to wait a little bit. But it’s important to note that this feature isn’t available to users under 18 years old.
Instagram and other video and photo-sharing platforms are struggling to find out how to deal with content that may agitate other users but others find it engaging.
In 2020, Tiktok launched warning screens. The said feature will filter out potentially graphic videos.
Pinterest recently introduced a ban on weight loss ads while Instragram blurs out images that may trigger eating disorders to some people.
The new Instagram feature isn’t a drastic change for the app’s Explore page. However, it may somehow provide users more control over what posts they want to see and not see.
Last week, Instagram launched Security Checkup. It could help people in keeping their accounts secure. If you think that your account has been hacked, the feature will give you steps on how to secure it.
Instagram also started to test a new banner that would remind people to use Facebook. The banner would encourage Instagram users to check out the Facebook app for Facebook-only features.