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Instagram to Introduce Amazing Protection Features For Teenagers

Instagram to Introduce Amazing Protection Features For Teenagers

  • Instagram is set to release a new set of features that will protect teenagers from harmful content
  • The new features announced by Facebook Vice President will encourage teens to “take a break” from the app
  • The plan comes less than a week after Facebook was accused of putting profit over the safety of its users

Social media giant Instagram is set to introduce a feature that will nudge teenage users away from harmful content and encourage them to take a break from the app.

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The plan comes less than a week after whistleblower Frances Haugen testified that Facebook was putting profit over safety.

Hayden leaked reports carried out by the company that showed that frequent use of Instagram can worsen the perception of body image.

The leaked report also stated that IG use can cause mental health problems, especially among teenage girls.

She disclosed that the company’s strategy revolves around serving teens addictive photos and videos that will keep them hooked to the detriment of their mental health.

Facebook’s new features appear to be designed to address the accusations that were made against them.

Facebook’s vice president of global affairs, Nick Clegg explained the new features during an interview with CNN on Sunday.

“We’re going to introduce something, which I think will make a considerable difference, which is where our systems see that a teenager is looking at the same content over and over again — and it’s content which may not be conducive to their wellbeing — we will nudge them to look at other content,”

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In addition to this, the company also plans to introduce tools for parents to monitor teens’ Instagram usage called “Take a break”.

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The company however has failed to disclose when the features will take effect.

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