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Instagram to Introduce “Take a Break” to Protect Teens From Harmful Content

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by October 11, 2021 General

Instagram has caught flak recently for having harmful content that’s causing mental health issues in teens. As a result, the social media giant is now trying to mitigate the problem by introducing a new feature called “take a break”.

Facebook vice president of global affairs Nick Clegg said that:

We’re going to introduce something which I think will make a considerable difference, which is where our systems see that a teenagers is looking at the same content over and over again, and it’s content which may not be conducive to their well being, we will nudge them to look at other content.

He added that they are pausing work on the Instagram Kids apps and giving parents optional controls to supervise teens. They are planning to introduce a “take a break” feature instead which will simply tell teens to take a break from Instagram or steer them away from harmful content.

Clegg did not reveal a timeline for this feature, but a Facebook spokesperson has told The Verge that the feature is not in testing yet, but it will be soon. This means that we will likely not see it this month, but near the end of the year. Instagram head Adam Mosseri has also said that they are currently “exploring” new features.

We will update this space as soon as there are new updates.

Source: Pro Pakistani

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