When the feed gets boring, the Explore tab on Instagram is a place where users go to see recommended posts from accounts they do not follow that might be interesting to them. Though contents on this tab follow Instagram Recommendation Guidelines, it could still contain contents some users might find sensitive.
On Tuesday, Facebook announced it is rolling out a Sensitive Content Control option on Instagram. “You can think of sensitive content as posts that don’t necessarily break our rules, but could potentially be upsetting to some people — such as posts that may be sexually suggestive or violent,” Facebook said.
With the new control option, people can decide to leave their Explore tab as it is or change the preference to limit sensitive content. Sensitive Content Control can be accessed from the Settings menu in the top right corner of an Instagram profile. By default, it is set to “Limit” for every user, but it can be changed to “Allow” to display more photos or videos that could be potentially upsetting. The last option is “Limit Even More” which means the chances of seeing photos or videos that could be offensive is very low. Facebook says the “Allow” option will not be available to users under the age of 18.
Facebook says it hopes the new feature will help “make Instagram work better for you.” Instagram has already made it possible to hide like counts and also restrict comments from certain people. There have been calls from public figures to make social media channels such as Twitter and Instagram safe from trolls who hide under anonymity.