- Instagram will make communication between old and young difficult.
- Instagram will also send safety orders to teens if they are DM adults with "suspicious behavior."
- The Facebook app also encourages new users to choose a private account if they are not yet 18 years old.
In another move to prevent bullying on its platform, Instagram will make communication between adults and teens difficult. To make the photo sharing platform safer for younger users, Instagram will not allow adults to send messages to teens who are followers. Instagram will also send safety orders to teens if they are DM adults with "suspicious behavior."
Apart from this Instagram will start exploring new ways to make it harder for older users to find Instagram users who are not yet 18 years old. The company will deal directly with users who have exhibited suspicious behavior in communicating with young people. Instagram will stop displaying youth accounts in the suggested user category and prevent them from accessing teen content on the Reels or Explore tab. And it will hide the comments of young people posts.
The Facebook app also encourages new users to choose a private account if they are not yet 18 years old. “We have recently introduced a new initiative where a person under the age of 18 subscribing to an Instagram account gives them the option to choose between a public or a private account. Our aim is to encourage young people to choose a private account by equipping them with the knowledge of what different settings mean, ”the company said on a blog post.
User must be at least 13 years old to use Instagram. The app has an age verification option but some users may not be honest about their age. So to stop this from happening, Instagram has also improved machine learning and learning technology to ensure the age of new users and has only suggested age-appropriate features.
"To protect teens from unwanted contact with adults, we are introducing a new feature that prevents adults from texting people under the age of 18 who do not follow it. "As we continue to encrypt end-of-life, we invest in privacy protections and security without access to DM content," Instagram said on the blog.
Instagram has said it will start posting safety alerts to encourage teens to be vigilant while interacting with adults. Security information will allow a younger user when an adult who has been displaying suspicious behavior working with them on DMs. For example, if a user communicates with multiple users under the age of 18, Instagram will notify the recipient of his or her suspicious behavior giving them the opportunity to end a conversation, or block, report, or block an adult.