Instagram has announced two important features aimed at improving privacy and security of users on its platform. Describing the move as a “commitment to the community”, Instagram will now put a blur overlay on posts that have been flagged as sensitive. The social network has also introduced the long-awaited two-factor verification process for users. Here’s how both the features work. Also Read - Disney Pixar Filter: How to get and use the 3D cartoon face filter on Snapchat, Instagram, TikTokAlso Read - Instagram will now show ads on Reels just like Stories
Soon, users will see a screen over some photos or videos when they scroll through their feed. Instagram maintains that these posts don’t violate their guidelines but if a user reports to Instagram of any such post and if the moderation team agrees with it, the content would be blurred. If user still want to see the post, they can simply tap to the blurry screen to see the actual photo or video. The feature is quite similar to Facebook’s approach to the sensitive content.
Users would not be notified if their post is tagged sensitive and would only come to know of it, when viewed on their timeline. The blur overlay on photo and video post is accompanied with warning that reads, This photo contains sensitive content which some people may find offensive or disturbing. This change means you are less likely to have surprising or unwanted experiences in the app. If you d like to see a post that is covered with a screen, simply tap to reveal the photo or video, said Kevin Systrom, Co Founder & CEO, Instagram in a post.
Tagging content sensitive and restricting can be bit tricky as social media platforms, especially Facebook, have often faced backlash over inappropriate restricting of posts. Instagram being a place for photos and videos primarily, is likely to be on the curve and would have to moderate content properly to avoid such circumstances. ALSO READ: Here s why Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Snapchat, Instagram have all turned into each other s clones
About the two-factor authentication, Instagram s late arrival is welcomed. The company had started working on the feature way back in February 2016 and one year later it is finally here. Two-factor authentication is now a well-known security measure, taken up by major social media platforms such as Facebook and Whatsapp, to keep accounts from getting hacked or compromised.
The two- factor authentication or 2FA on Instagram requires the user to enter a code sent to their phone to log in to their accounts. Users can turn on 2FA on their account from settings or the gear icon in their profile. Instagram 2FA does not use any third party app and we recommend users to switch to two-factor authentication on their Instagram account to keep it secure.
Instagram has also introduced an additional easy-to-use website where users can find all the security measures available for Instagram. The website features tools like how to block accounts, control comments, even control photo tagging, and more.