Instagram talked about the news it is working on to make its social network a more favorable place for teenage users, which will include notifications for them to take a break from the platform or ways to discourage them from watching content that improves their well-being.
In an interview with CNN, Facebook Vice President of Global Affairs Nick Clegg highlighted the main developments the company is working on for underage consumers.
The social network had announced at the end of September that it was pausing the creation of a version of the social network, Instagram Kids, initially designed for users between 10 and 12 years old; to focus its efforts on a platform focused on users 13 years and older. This alternative to the main social network would have parental supervision functions.
The news broke at the same time Instagram denied being a toxic platform for teenage girls and contributing to the creation of body image problems, in response to an investigation published by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ).
The research included data such as that “32 % of adolescent girls said that when they felt bad about their bodies, Instagram made them feel worse“, according to the aforementioned media, which came to describe the platform for teenagers as “toxic.”
The technology company published internal reports, qualifying the WSJ information. He assured that the data refers to a “minority of users.” For this minority but vulnerable group, the company has already made changes, such as pausing Instagram Kids, something that the manager believes is “part of the solution”, consulting the experts, and explaining what they do.
Clegg said the company will introduce new optional controls “so that adults can monitor what their teens do online.” They are also going to introduce something that the manager believes will “make a significant difference”: a kind of “push” for adolescents to view other types of content when the platform’s systems detect that they are focused on content that does not favor their well-being. A third novelty will urge teens to “take a break from Instagram“.