Instagram launches ‘take a break’, ‘nudge’ to protect teens from viewing harmful content
Facebook plans to implement new measures on its applications, such as Instagram to steer adolescents away from harmful content. This is even as US legislators examine how the company and its subsidiaries, such as Instagram, influence young people’s mental health.
The “take a break” and “nudge” feature will prompt teens away from harmful content on all its platform
This comes after Frances Haugen, a whistleblower and former Facebook product manager, testified before the US Congress about how the company was aware of the harm its social media network was causing to its users’ well-being but chose to ignore it.
The ‘take a break’ feature is a notification that users have spent too much time on the app and that they should “take a break”. This choice is optional and depends solely on the user.
The ‘nudge’ feature will detect when a teen looks at a specific piece of content repeatedly and determine whether it is beneficial to their well-being. The user will then be ‘nudged’ by a prompt or suggestion of other available content that may be of interest to them.
This feature, on the other hand, is entirely dependent on the user’s preferences. Because the feed being seen will not be forcedly updated, the user may choose whether or not to ignore the ‘nudge.’