Popular photo sharing platform Instagram has announced updates to the Sensitive Content Control feature launched last year. Users will now be able to control the amount of sensitive content they see on the platform.
The Sensitive Content Control feature will now cover all surfaces “where we make recommendations,” said Instagram. In addition to Explore, you will now be able to control the amount of sensitive content and accounts you see in Search, Reels, Accounts You Might Follow, Hashtag Pages and In-Feed Recommendations.
“With this update, we’re also applying the technology we use to enforce our Recommendation Guidelines to Instagram’s recommendations on Search and Hashtag pages. This update will be available to everyone in the coming weeks,” said the Meta-owned platform.
The Sensitive Content Control has three options, which Instagram has renamed from when it first introduced the control to help explain what each option does. The three options are: “More”, “Standard” and “Less”.
Instagram said “Standard” is the default state, and will prevent people from seeing some sensitive content and accounts. “More” enables people to see more sensitive content and accounts, whereas “Less” means they see less of this content than the default state. For people under the age of 18, the “More” option is unavailable, it added.
To view your Sensitive Content Control – Go to your profile; Tap the Settings menu in the upper right corner; Tap Account; and Tap Sensitive Content Control. Here you can decide whether to keep the setting at its default state (“Standard”) or to see more (“More”) or less of some types of sensitive content (“Less”). You can change your selection at any time.
There are additional tools the platform offers that can help you shape your Instagram experience, including Comment Control, Restrict, Block and Mute. “Our hope is to provide more tools over time and make Instagram work better for you,” it said.
The Meta-owned photo sharing app recently rolled out new features for the creators to bring more creativity to their reel’s content. These new tools can help them increase their creativity and engagement with every short video clip.
These include New Audio Options, Interactivity, and Templates. Along with this, the platform has also introduced a new sound effect feature where users can directly upload their own music files to any story they like. Earlier, the users could only use the sound that the platform had in its album.
Instagram also launched AMBER Alerts on June 1. With this feature, people can see and share notices of missing children in their area. The new feature will be available in 25 countries in the coming weeks. In addition to the US, AMBER Alerts on Instagram will be available in the next couple of weeks in 25 countries: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Ecuador, Greece, Guatemala, Ireland, Jamaica, Korea, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Romania, South Africa, Taiwan, Ukraine, the UK, and the United Arab Emirates.
Instagram is also working to expand and bring AMBER Alerts to more countries. According to the Instagram, AMBER Alerts are an important way they can support the communities in keeping children safe.