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Instagram Unveils New Feature in a Bid to Reduce Self-harming Content

In September 2018, Instagram introduced a "prompt" feature aiming to curb drug abuse and substance sales on the platform

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Instagram app logo is displayed on a mobile screen in Los Angeles. VOA

In a bid to reduce exposure of minors to self-harming, provocative and disturbing content on its platform, Instagram has launched the “sensitivity screen” feature that blurs questionable pictures and video-thumbnails on the app until the viewer opts in.

The new feature — that has already reached users in India — blocks images of cutting and self-harm that could pop-up in search, recommendations or hashtags and influence minors into physical danger, Vogue.co.uk reported on Wednesday.

Adam Mosseri, Head of Instagram, announced the rollout of “sensitivity screens” in an op-ed he wrote for The Telegraph, expressing grief on the suicide of British teenager Molly Russell whose parents blamed the photo-messaging app for exposing their daughter to self-harm and suicidal content.

“We are not yet where we need to be on issues of suicide and self-harm. We need to do everything we can to keep the most vulnerable people who use our platform safe,” Mosseri wrote.

The announcement comes after UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock issued a warning to Instagram-owner Facebook to improve protection for young people on its apps or face legal action.

People are not interested in political or controversial images on Instagram Wikimedia Commons
People are not interested in political or controversial images on Instagram. Wikimedia Commons

“We already offer help and resources to people who search for such hashtags, but we are working on more ways to help,” Vogue.co.uk quoted Mosseri writing in the op-ed.

The company claims to have been working with engineers and trained content reviewers to figure out ways to make finding self-harm images harder on the app.

“At Instagram, nothing is more important to us than the safety of the people in our community and we do not allow posts that promote or encourage suicide or self-harm. We rely heavily on our community to report this content and remove,” Mosseri added.

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In September 2018, Instagram introduced a “prompt” feature aiming to curb drug abuse and substance sales on the platform.

Prompt’s “get support” option has three more options to direct people looking for help against drug-abuse issues to recovery and treatment organisations. (IANS)

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Major Updates Coming To Instagram in 2020

Know about the major Instagram updates this year

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Here are the major updates that are coming to Instagram in 2020. Pixabay

Instagram is constantly updating. In this light, we need to understand the changes that will affect our usage of this platform. More than at any time before, we will be able to have more control over the platform so we can see how we can improve our presence here.
Instagram is becoming a place where you will be able to focus on relevant matters that increase your follower base and reduce the unnecessary distractions that add no value to your profile. Here are the major updates that are coming to Instagram in 2020.

New Buttons Are Coming

You probably know how Instagram has developed over time. From a completely sleek platform where you could not see any of the features of your account to the place where multiple options have become more available, Instagram has changed the way we see the platform. Now, it is adding features that will give us more control over the profile. Some of the buttons we will be able to see are:

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The Instagram updates in 2020 will include introduction of new buttons. Pixabay
  • “Restrict” button – When you restrict someone, they won’t be able to see when you are online or when you’ve read a message from that person. At the same time, you won’t receive any new notifications for comments from that person. The “Restrict” button allows you to have more control over what is visible on your profile. 
  • “Create” button – With the “Create” button, Instagram allows you to share posts that don’t contain photos or videos. In this light, you will be able to convert old content into something new and more interesting than the previous post you’ve posted.  
  • “Remove followers” button – We all know how annoying some followers could be. Now, we have an option to remove followers completely. With only one hit of a button, we can remove people from the followers’ list, which is a huge benefit if you want to shape your Instagram audience in a precise way. 
  • “Dark Mode” button – With the “Dark mode” button, we will be able to change the appearance of the screen on our Instagram account. This will be possible to do on different kinds of devices, including Android and iOS. Keep in mind that to make this option possible, you will have to update your system to the latest versions of Instagram, Android, and iOS. 
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With the Instagram updates, it will be possible to use Instagram with more creativity. Pixabay

Instagram Algorithms Are Changing

It is now possible for Instagram to see and evaluate the quality of your Instagram profile. With the use of the precise algorithms, the Instagram evaluation will be based on users’ engagement on your profile. This applies to how many times users have seen your posts, how many comments are posted, and what is the quality of engagement on your profile. 

Is your reputation solid and can people resonate with your messages? These are a few crucial questions that will determine your position on Instagram.  

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As you can see, all these changes are only the result of improved tactics that come from the Instagram team. Many Instagram users will now be able to see Instagram in a different light. The more quality content will be a huge plus for all of those who want to grow their audience and change their Instagram profile for better. 

With the Instagram updates, it will be possible to use Instagram with more creativity and more awareness about the relevant things that add value to your Instagram profile.