Facebook said this week that it would be introducing a new Sensitive Content Control function on Instagram. Users may now choose how much sensitive content appears in Explore with the new control. Facebook claims that users should be able to customize Instagram to their preferences.
In its content discovery hub, Instagram is giving its users a little more flexibility to see what they want – and not see what they don’t want. On Tuesday, the company unveiled the “Sensitive Content Control,” which allows anyone to screen posts that they believe may be offensive and hide them from the Explore tab.
The new feature follows the release of other tools that allow users to turn off comments or prevent others from connecting with them on Instagram. The Instagram community guidelines define the types of content that can be shared, with the goal of keeping people safe, according to the social media platform.
“You can think of sensitive content as posts that don’t necessarily break our rules, but could potentially be upsetting to some people – such as posts that may be sexually suggestive or violent,” Instagram noted in the announcement.
Recommendation Guidelines are Instagram’s standards for what types of content can be presented in Explore. Sensitive content can be defined as posts that do not infringe the rules but may cause some people to be offended.
Instagram’s own content recommendations guidelines specify that sexually suggestive content, such as “pictures of people in see-through clothing,” isn’t allowed on the Explore tab. Instagram’s definition of sensitive content includes potentially harmful content such as “exaggerated health claims” and weight reduction supplement posts.
Posts that are sexually provocative or violent are two sorts of content that Instagram particularly mentions. Users can control all forms of sensitive content with Sensitive Content Control. Users can choose to leave things alone or change the sensitive content control to see more or less of certain categories of content.
Instagram has a reputation for censoring anything that it regards to be sexual. Last year, a campaign led by Black plus-size model Nyome Nicholas-Williams convinced the platform to alter one of its extremely harsh nudity regulations.
In a blog post, the company stated that “we believe people should be able to shape Instagram into the experience that they want,” noting that recent changes such as the ability to hide comments offer users more options.
Instagram acknowledges that everyone’s tastes for what they see in Explore are different, and the new feature allows users more control over what they view. The options for Sensitive Content Control can be found in the user profile by selecting the Settings menu in the upper right corner, then Account, and then Sensitive Content Control.
The setting can be changed at any moment by the user. Those under the age of 18 are, however, unable to use the Allow option to see more sensitive content. Instagram hopes that the new feature will provide users more options and methods to improve their experience on the social network.