Every social media platform has a different approach when it comes to sensitive content. No matter if it is abusive, racist, or inappropriate content, social media sites block it. Until now, Instagram either let sensitive content pass without any notice or removed it.
From now on, Instagram is going to blur out photos or videos that are considered to be sensitive content. If somebody observed a sensitive post and decides to report it the moderation team needs to agree with the report before blurring the post. If they agree the post is going to appear blurry and it is going to have a warning on top of it.
The warning states: “This photo contains sensitive content which some people may find offensive or disturbing.” In order to view that photo or video, you have to tap a button. After that, you will be able to see the “sensitive content”.
What Does Sensitive Content Mean?
For every person, sensitive posts mean different things. In order to make it clear for everybody, Instagram explained what they understand as sensitive. First of all, the posts that depict violence. For instance, photos or videos of animals being abused. No matter if they were posted by animal right groups or by any other person.
Content that wants to raise awareness about crises in the world is considered sensitive content too. The impact of the war in local communities or photos of crime scenes are going to be blurred out. Anybody can access those posts but only if they want to. This way, people are allowed to see anything they like, no photos will be taken off Instagram, but users will still be protected from sensitive posts.
Besides the fact that they added this new protection feature, Instagram will still ban posts that were banned until now. Sexual content is still considered to be banned. This means that posts with sexual content will not be blurred out, they will be banned and removed when they are reported.
The company mentioned that they want to make their platform a safe place for their users. Anybody can pick what they want to look at, but other users won’t need to see sensitive content they don’t want to.
What is your opinion about this new protective feature?
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