Instagram has introduced a sensitivity filter feature, that allows people to set limits around how much potentially sensitive content they might see on their ‘Explore’ page.
As per The Verge, while posting on both the feed and in Stories, account holders have been warning their followers that the setting is limiting their reach and that their followers should disable the filter to ensure their posts get through.
“Over the past 24 hours, I’ve had many conversations with artists and other creators who are incredibly frustrated by having their work hidden. Conversely, people are frustrated that they can’t find the content they want to see,” Phillip Miner, an artist and the creator of queer hobby magazine Natural Pursuits, wrote in a post.
The new feature allows Instagram users to decide how much sensitive content shows up in the Explore tab. It gives Instagram users the ability to turn off comments or restrict someone from interacting with them.
Posts filtered from your feed might include sexually suggestive or violent images that don’t go so far as to break Instagram’s community guidelines.
The users can decide whether to keep the setting at its default state, Limit, or to see more, Allow, or less of some types of sensitive content, Limit Even More
Sensitive content is defined by Instagram in its “Recommendation Guidelines,” which only pertains to content that is recommended in places like Explore and IGTV Discover and is much broader than its “Community Guidelines.”
“The change will have no impact on what users see in their feed or in Stories, where we will continue showing them posts from people they follow,” an Instagram spokesperson was quoted as saying in the report on Friday.
A spokesperson didn’t offer specifics around how much sensitive content users could expect to see in their Explore page at any of the three available settings.
As per The Verge, “Instagram clearly attempted to give people more control. The photo-sharing platform also is not clear with people who want to disable the filter as to whether they will suddenly see lots of unwanted weight loss content or violent images.