After leaking internal documents in which Facebook recognized that Instagram was a potentially toxic and harmful tool for the mental health of young people, the platform begins to take action in this regard.
Instagram will introduce into its platform tools whose function will be to keep teenagers away from harmful content and encourage them to take a break, as declared by Facebook’s vice president of global affairs, Nick Clegg in the CNN’s State of the Union program.
Clegg said the new feature they are announcing will detect when a teenager is viewing potentially harmful content for too long. In that case, the system will send you a notification to remind you to take a break.
The executive also recalled that Facebook had suspended the development of Instagram Kids, a version of its application aimed at children under 13 years of age. Instead they will give parents optional controls to supervise teens.
At the moment there is no specific date for the inclusion of the new features, but an Instagram spokesperson said to The Verge that the features “are not yet being tested, but will soon be.”
The new measures come at a bad time for Facebook’s public image, especially since Instagram initially denied being a toxic platform for adolescent girls (particularly regarding their body image), in response to an investigation published by The Wall Street Journal. The research included very worrying data such as that 32 percent of girls say that when they feel bad about their body, Instagram makes them feel worse.