Instagram is going to introduce new safety settings for all young users. The feature is of making new accounts private by default for the kids under the age of 16, blocking some of the adults from interacting with the teens on its platform, and restricting how the advertisers can target the teenagers. Of course, all this will be set up by default.
The changes come as the Facebook-owned photo-sharing app is under pressure from lawmakers, regulators, parents, and child-safety advocates, who are worried about the impact of social media on the kids’ safety, privacy, and mental health.
Karina Newton, Instagram head of public policy, told NPR that there is no magic switch that will make people suddenly aware of how to use the Internet. She said that the changes were announced on Tuesday and created an “age-appropriate experience” for the teen users and helping out the younger users through the social network.
Newton further said that they want to keep the youngsters safe and give them good experiences. They want to help kids develop healthy and quality habits when using the Internet and apps on social media as they use the photo-sharing platform.Starting this week, when kids under the age of 16 will join Instagram, their accounts will be made private automatically – meaning that their posts will only be seen by the people they allow to follow them. This default private setting will apply to people under 18 in some other countries.