Instagram is a sensitive content control option to roll out

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Photo: LIONEL BONAVENTURE / Contributor (Getty Images) – Users can change the settings to see which types of sensitive content are included in their newsfeeds.

Instagram has launched on Tuesday plans to introduce a sensitive content control option to allow users to better control which contents appear in their Explore feeds to enable users to increasingly control their scrolling experiences.

In a news item on Facebook’s newsroom, it will enable users to access a new CCS option from the Settings menu, which can be used to either keep their content preferences in the default (Limit) state or to select “Allow” for more sensitive content.

By selecting “Limit Even More,” users can customize their feeds further by choosing to view more or less of some sensitive content types. According to Facebook, if you are under 18 years old, users can modify your selected options at any time, so you won’t be able to “allow” sensible content to their feeds.

The sensitive content is defined, according to Facebook, as any entries that “…do not necessarily disregard our rules, but may have annoysance to some — including sexually suggestive or violent messages.” It is notoriously shoddy that the platform is useful for what the content it considers to be ‘sensitive’ — photographs with human nipples, for example, are often labeled explicit when people represent breastfeeding mothers and young children.

The new settings are part of Instagram’s larger initiative to allow users to adapt their news feeds. In 2020, the platform announced a range of tweaks to allow users to simultaneously remove up to 25 comments, or block or restrict users from their unwanted comments in large numbers. Instagram has also developed new features in recent years to allow users, including by leave comments or viewing Instagram stories, to restrict their interaction with some users on the platform.