War on pornography: Instagram to introduce tool to protect users from receiving nude photos RS News

New Delhi: Meta-owned Instagram is working on a feature to protect users from receiving naked and explicit content from unknown people in their direct messages (DMs).

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Alessandro Paluzzi, an app developer, first tweeted screenshots of the feature.

“Instagram is working on nudity protection for the chat. Your device’s technology covers photos that may contain nudity in chat. Can’t access Instagram photos,” he posted.

Meta confirmed to The Verge that such a feature is being developed to protect the privacy of Instagram users.

“We are working closely with experts to ensure that these new features protect people’s privacy while giving them control over the messages they receive,” a company spokesperson was quoted as saying.

Meta said the technology would not allow it to view the actual messages nor allow them to be shared with third parties.

The move comes at a time when the Center for Countering Digital Hate, a UK-based non-profit, found that Instagram’s tools failed to act on 90 percent of image-based abusive direct messages “sent to high-profile women”. .

Last year, to give younger users a secure, private experience on its platform, Instagram made it difficult for youth to find potentially suspicious accounts by making accounts of users under 16 private by default.

It also limited advertisers’ options for reaching young people.

The company has developed a new technology that detects accounts potentially showing suspicious behavior and prevents those accounts from interacting with young people’s accounts.

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