In an effort to make Instagram a safe place for young users, the photo sharing app will now introduce a feature to keep teens away from harmful content and encourage them to “take a break.” According to a news agency report Reuters, the new features were announced by Facebook VP of Global Affairs Nick Clegg.
Interestingly, this announcement came days after a former Facebook employee turned whistleblower made shocking claims that Facebook had harmed teens.
Clegg told CNN, “We’re going to introduce something that I think will make a huge difference, that’s where our systems see a teenager watching the same content over and over again, and that’s content that can not be conducive to their well-being, we will push them to watch other content.
Additionally, he revealed that the company is working on a feature that would require teens to simply take a break from the platform. However, the company did not give a specific timeline for the rollout of the new features.
Earlier this month, it ended its plan to launch Instagram Kids, for users under the age of 13, after facing severe backlash from child safety advocates.
Meanwhile, Haugen, a former employee turned whistleblower, testified before the Senate committee about her experience on Facebook, and she also called on Congress to take tough action against the social media company for allegedly creating a toxic environment for teens on Instagram.
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