Instagram will begin to hide sensitive material starting this week on the platform, available for Android and iPhone (iOS) phones. Videos and images containing autoflagelao will be blurred and cannot be seen unless the user wants to. The method is similar to what already exists on Facebook, and will depend on complaints from the community. The goal is to increase the protection of users, who are less exposed to impacting contents, with the potential to be "triggers" for acts against their own physical integrity.
The news was announced by Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri on Monday (4) to the newspaper Daily Telegraph. The move comes after public criticism of the family of Molly Russell, a British teenager who committed suicide in 2017. According to her family members, she reportedly consumed and posted depression and suicide related material through the social network. O dnetc contacted the Instagram office for details of the feature in Brazil, but still got no response.
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Currently, Instagram allows you to report posts related to things like depression and suicide, but it still doesn't prevent the content from being visible in the feed. Mosseri admitted, however, that the company's staff has difficulty responding quickly to other users' notes and investigating posts quickly.
For Molly Russell's family, social networking is blamed on the girl's death for not offering effective mechanisms to curb the consumption and sharing of sensitive content like these. To circumvent the problem, Instagram content engineers and reviewers would already be working hard to avoid exposing self-inflicted suicidal materials. The effort would involve filtering images, hashtags, accounts, and even suggestions in the search fields.
The social network also aims to offer more support to users who post images with indications of suicidal tendencies. One idea would be to connect these people with suicide prevention organizations. In this way, the photo and video platform invests in methods capable of providing greater mental health support to users.
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