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Instagram will introduce parental control features next year

Instagram will release new parental control features on its platform in March, announced the head of the service Adam Mosseri. These features will allow parents and guardians to see how much time teens spend on Instagram, set time limits and be notified if their child mentions someone. The new features were announced as a package of new features designed to make the platform more secure, especially for its teen users.

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Instagram parental control

Although Mosseri's post says that these security features have been in the works for "a long time", their announcement comes after a series of damaging revelations about the social network that belongs to Meta. More specifically, internal documents leaked by informant Frances Haugen showed that Instagram knew that its service could exacerbate the image problems teenage girls have of their bodies. This week, Mosseri is due to testify before a Senate committee, where he will likely be asked about Instagram's impact on its young users.

Along with the new parental controls, Instagram says it is developing an educational hub for parents and guardians to offer tips and lessons on children using social media.

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In the near future, Instagram says it will release the "Take a Break" feature it started testing last month. This feature prompts users to exit the app after scrolling for a period of time, such as 10, 20 or 30 minutes. Alerts will prompt users to turn on the feature, and Instagram says 90 percent of test users have left reminders turned on once they've set them up. The function is released today at USA, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, New Zealand and Australia and will be available worldwide early next year.

Instagram parental control

Other new security features include changes to the way Instagram handles teen tagging permissions, which will be available to everyone early next year. By default, Mosseri says the service will no longer allow users to tag or report teen users. There is also a new delete feature coming in January, which will allow users to delete their posts, likes and comments en masse. Mosseri says this is designed to help users "manage their digital footprint".

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Mosseri's post also includes details on security features that are in the early stages of development. He confirms that the service continues to investigate plans to "push" people away from issues they have been dealing with for a long time. When he announced the feature along with Take a Break in October, Meta's vice president of global affairs, Nick Clegg, said he would be informed of "content that may not be good for [one user]." Instagram has not mentioned when this feature could be launched. The service is also investigating the introduction of a stricter content control regulation proposed to users in Explore, with the aim of limiting their exposure to "potentially harmful or sensitive content or accounts".

Although the Instagram post contains a series of excerpts from experts and research writers writing to support the new features, Mosseri will continue his work if he wants to win over the increasingly critical US legislators.

Source of information: theverge.com

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