Instagram users can now decide whether they want a little, a lot, or nothing at all from any potentially shocking content, as the social network added, on Tuesday, a feature that allows those wishing to limit the appearance of what is described as “sensitive” images on their account feed.
From now on, users will have the ability to choose between “allow”, “select” and “make more” regarding photos and videos that may “disturb or offend”. However, the “allow” option will not be available to persons under the age of 18.
Facebook, which owns the popular app, noted in a statement that “everyone has different preferences regarding what they want to see in Explorer (i.e. the public feed), and this control feature will provide more options for users.”
Instagram’s “sensitive” content is about violence and sexual innuendo, while the network’s rules specifically prohibit nudity, as users are not allowed to show certain parts of the body, with exceptions in cases of breastfeeding or artwork.
The platform stated that it had previously begun to “adopt this approach through the use of several tools, including the ability to disable comments or enable the user to prevent someone from interacting with him.”
Four years ago, the network also added a “filter” feature that allows “sensitive” content to be blurred, with a warning that leaves the user the choice to see the image or not.