In order to give users more control over their scrolling experience, Instagram on Tuesday revealed plans to introduce a responsive content control option that will allow users to better control the content displayed in their exploration feeds.
Previously, Instagram relied on a set of recommended guidelines to ensure that users would not see content that might be annoying or objectionable during exploration. With the new tool, users can choose to keep the default settings, which is to view a limited amount of sensitive content or to further reduce the amount of such content displayed. People over 18 can also choose to allow every post that is considered sensitive in nature.
Facebook announced in a post in its newsroom that this feature will allow users to access a new sensitive content control option in the Settings menu, which they can use to decide whether to keep their content preferences at the default (restricted) or Choose to view more sensitive content by selecting “Allow”. Users will be able to choose to view more or less certain types of sensitive content by selecting “Limit Even More” to further customize their feed. According to Facebook, users will be able to change the options they choose at any time unless they are under 18, in which case they will not be able to choose to “allow” sensitive content in their feeds.
According to Facebook, sensitive content is defined as any “… don’t necessarily break our rules, but could potentially be upsetting to some people — such as posts that may be sexually suggestive or violent.” For its value In terms of content, the platform is notoriously poor in what it considers “sensitive”—for example, photos containing human nipples are often marked as explicit, even if the human being depicted is a breastfeeding mother or child.
The new configuration options are part of Instagram’s broader plan to allow users to customize their news feeds. In 2020, the platform announced a series of configuration adjustments, allowing users to delete up to 25 comments at a time, and block or restrict users in batches directly from spam comments. Instagram has also introduced new features in recent years to allow users to restrict certain users from interacting with them on the platform, including posting comments or viewing their Instagram stories.
This adjustment occurs when Instagram and other social networks try to address concerns about content review and user well-being. Instagram recently introduced the option to hide likes and the ability for users to restrict certain followers from interacting with their accounts. Facebook is currently fighting criticism because it has failed to prevent the spread of other types of problematic content, namely misinformation about the Covid-19 pandemic and vaccines.