Instagram launches tool urging teens to take a break

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Instagram has launched a feature urging teens to take a break from the photo-sharing platform and announced other tools aimed at protecting young users from harmful content on the Facebook-owned service.

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LONDON — Instagram on Tuesday launched a feature urging teens to take a break from the photo-sharing platform and announced other tools aimed at protecting young users from harmful content on the Facebook-owned service.

Instagram chief Adam Mosseri said in a blog post that the previously announced “Take a Break” feature encourages teens to stop scrolling if they’ve been on the social media platform for a while. It debuted in the US, United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada. , New Zealand and Australia will reach the rest of the world on Tuesday and early next year, he said.

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Younger users will see notifications about the feature and will be urged to set reminders to take more breaks, the post said. It is one of the efforts Facebook has touted on its platform, which Facebook has named Meta Platform as it reacts to not doing enough to rein in harmful content and to ban the tech giant. faces the new law.

Former Facebook product manager turned whistleblower Frances Haugen has testified to US and European lawmakers working on those measures, citing internal company research suggesting that peer pressure generated by Instagram has affected younger users, especially has given rise to mental health and body-image problems in girls and women. In some cases, eating disorders and suicidal thoughts.

He spoke to Congress again last week, urging US lawmakers to move forward with proposals introduced since his first appearance in October. This includes restrictions on long-standing legal protections for speech posted on social media platforms.

Haugen has offered guidance on new online regulations that are far ahead in the UK and the European Union, which has pioneered efforts to rein in large technology companies.

On Tuesday, Instagram also announced that its first tool for parents will be rolling out early next year, allowing them to see how much time their teens spend on Instagram and set time limits.

The social media platform also said it was developing features that would prevent people from tagging or mentioning teens who don’t follow them, prompting young users to do other things if they’ve been around for a while. Recommends to focus on one topic and be strict about which posts, hashtags, and try to reduce potentially harmful or sensitive content.

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