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Instagram plans to roll out new tools to 'nudge' teens away from bad content

The photo-sharing platform will introduce a "take a break" feature and a "nudge" feature to keep teenagers away from bad content.

  • Published: October 11, 2021 7:14 PM IST
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Following Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen reveal of the company’s services hurting children’s self-esteem and abet human trafficking, the parent company backed Instagram is now taking precautions in this regard. Also Read - Facebook is hiring for 10,000 posts: Know details

As per a report, Instagram would soon roll out two new tools to safeguard teenagers from harmful content, after the whistleblower testified last week before the US Congress that Instagram can have a negative effect on the mental health of teenagers. Also Read - Hate speech drops by almost half on Facebook, claims company

Facebook’s Vice President of global affairs Nick Clegg, appearing on CNN’s State of the Union show on Sunday, said that the photo-sharing platform will introduce a “take a break” feature and also “nudge” teenagers away from bad content. Also Read - Happy Dusshera 2021 messages, images, stickers, quotes: How to create, send Happy Vijayadashami greetings via WhatsApp

“We’re going to introduce something which I think will make a considerable difference, which is where our systems see that a teenager 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,” Clegg said.

The platform also plans to introduce a feature called “take a break”, where “we will be prompting teens to just simply take a break from using Instagram”, he added.

Clegg, however, didn’t provide a timeline for the new tools. In three hours of Congress testimony, Haugen accused Facebook of intentionally refusing to make changes to its algorithms because it put “profits” before people.

“The kids who are bullied on Instagram, the bullying follows them home. It follows them into their bedrooms. The last thing they see before they go to bed at night is someone being cruel to them,” Haugen said.

She has laid out an inside-out view on the simple “frictions” that would cool off Facebook’s “toxic” and “divisive” algorithms that are driving teens and vulnerable populations off the cliff on the world’s largest social networking platform.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg later posted a staunch defense of his company in a note to staffers, saying that claims by Haugen about the social network’s negative effects on society “don’t make any sense”.

(With IANS inputs)

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  • Published Date: October 11, 2021 7:14 PM IST



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