Facebook has introduced a Sensitive Content Control for Instagram, which allows people to decide the amount of sensitive content displayed in the Explore tab.
The sensitive content control comes with three options — Allow, Limit and Limit Even More. The second one, Limit, is set as the default option and only filters some photos and videos that could be offensive. Limit even more options will filter even more offensive content.
The self-explanatory Allow option doesn’t filter any offensive content and won’t be available to people under 18.
These controls will work in tandem with Recommendation Guidelines — in addition to the restrictions on posts imposed by the social network’s community guidelines — and will give people more control over what they want to see and decide for themselves if they need additional filters over the guidelines to restrict content.
People can access the sensitive content controls by going to their profile, tapping on the Settings menu, followed by Account and then selecting Sensitive Content Control.
According to Instagram, sensitive content that may not go against their community guidelines but isn’t eligible for recommendations includes content that depicts violence, or is sexually suggestive and explicit or promotes regulated products such as vapes and tobacco.
“This new feature gives you control over sensitive content. You can decide to leave things as they are, or you can adjust the Sensitive Content Control to see more or less of some types of sensitive content. We recognise that everybody has different preferences for what they want to see in Explore, and this control will give people more choice over what they see,” Facebook announced on Tuesday.