Instagram has launched a new feature called Sensitive Content Control that aims to remove posts that algorithms and moderators deem “sexually suggestive or violent” from the ‘Explore’ section. The new feature is enabled by default on all users’ accounts.
As Instagram reported in a statement – We believe people should be able to shape Instagram into the experience that they want. We’ve started to move in this direction with tools like the ability to turn off comments, or Restrict someone from interacting with you on Instagram. Today we’re taking another step and launching what we call “Sensitive Content Control,” which allows you to decide how much sensitive content shows up in Explore.
There are three options to choose from: ‘Allow‘ which shows most, ‘Limit‘ which hides some content, and ‘Limit Even More‘ which applies the most severe filter. By default, all Instagram users have the ‘Limit‘ option set. To select ‘Allow’, Instagram users must navigate through several tabs to disable the default filter setting.
Instagram has long been criticized for its very strict approach to content such as sexual health, adult toys and modeling. As reported by users of the platform, the default censorship do hides posts containing this type of content.
– We also have rules about what kind of content we show you in places like Explore; we call these our Recommendation Guidelines – we read further in the statement. – These guidelines were designed to help ensure that we don’t show you sensitive content from accounts you don’t follow. You can think of sensitive content as posts that don’t necessarily break our rules, but could potentially be upsetting to some people – such as posts that may be sexually suggestive or violent.
In order to opt out of the new feature, you must access your profile, open the ‘Settings‘ menu and then select ‘Account‘. In the ‘Sensitive Content Control‘ section, select the ‘Allow‘ option. Only persons of legal age may opt out of content control.
The new feature further demonstrates Instagram and Facebook’s stance that all ‘sexually suggestive’ material is in the same category as ‘harmful‘ and ‘violent‘ content. It is sad that because of the battle that companies are waging against the pornographic content that their users often share, the victims are companies that promote sexual health or make erotic toys.