Instagram will soon add a feature to encourage people who display potentially harmful behaviors to “take a break” from your app. In addition, it will try to avoid that the most exposed audiences, such as teenagers, do not focus on potentially harmful content.
This has been confirmed by Nick Clegg, head of international relations at Facebook, in an interview with the North American media CNN this Sunday. There, he has confirmed a functionality has been dubbed as Take a break (Take a break, in English). This “will prompt teens to just take a break from using Instagram.”
Along with her, “we are going to present something that I think will make a considerable difference,” Clegg explains. “It is where our systems see that a teenager is watching the same content over and over again, and it is content that may not be conducive to their welfare. “In these cases, the manager ensures that the platform will attract their attention so that they consume other types of content.
This announcement comes after Instagram has found itself in the eye of the hurricane in recent weeks. The goal, the publication of several discoveries by the platform regarding how it affects the mental health of its users. A situation that has also led to the development of Kids, a version of it focused on children.
The social network already ad last September he was working in this field. It happened just after published research showed that from the platform they were aware of the problems that users could develop potentially by the use of your app.
Among them, some of the most notorious are those referring to the conception of a negative perspective on one’s own body, when compared with much of the content that predominates in the network. From Instagram they assured then that they were “cautiously optimistic” with measures such as those described.
“We are cautiously optimistic that these changes will help steer people toward content that inspires and uplifts them. And, to a greater extent, they will change the part of Instagram culture that focuses on how people look.”
At the moment, the details about how Take a break or the diversion of attention to other content will work, as well as its exact implementation date, are unknown.