Instagram is launching “Rest” and other child protection features

Instagram has launched a number of new and experimental features that aim to make the app a safer place for teens, announced Instagram director Adam Moseri.

For starters, Instagram is launching today previously announced “Rest” function in the US, UK, Canada and Australia. Now that the user has been scrolling Instagram for a long time, the app will ask him to take a break and set reminders for the future. Teenagers will receive special notifications to set up these reminders to make sure the company is aware of this feature. They will also see expert advice to help them “think”.

In March, Instagram will launch tools for parents and guardians that will allow them to see how much time their children spend in the app and set a time limit. Teenagers will also be given the option to notify their parents if they report someone, which will serve as a way to signal to adults that they may need to talk about it. This will only be the first version of these tools, to which more options will be added over time.

One of the experimental features that Instagram is testing will be especially useful for teenagers and young people who want to remove their activities in the application from the time when they were much younger. This will allow users to delete a large number of photos and videos they have posted at once, as well as all likes and comments. This feature will be available to everyone in January.

Another experimental feature will expand what Instagram started earlier this year when it banned adults from sending messages to teenagers who don’t follow them. Early next year, the possibility of tagging or mentioning teenagers by unaccompanied adults, or including their content in Reels Remixes or Guides, will also be ruled out.

Finally, the possibility of further restricting the sensitive content that teenagers see is being explored, which will make it harder for teenagers to come across potentially harmful content or accounts in Search, Explore, Hashtags, Reels and suggested accounts. The company says that it will direct users to different topics if they have stayed on one topic for a long time.

Instagram director Adam Moseri is due to testify before the U.S. Senate this week as part of a series of online child protection hearings. Instagram and Facebook have come under fire in recent months after whistleblower and former Facebook product manager Francis Haugen testified before Congress about Facebook’s internal research showing that Instagram can have a negative impact on mental health, especially for young people. Haugen discovered a lot about Facebook’s algorithms and other internal systems, and one of the things she discovered was that “Instagram engagement-based ranking can take children from very harmless topics like healthy recipes to content that promotes anorexia in no time.”

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