Instagram is determined to make the app safer for young users, providing a ‘private’ one by default for users under 16, The Verge reported on Tuesday.
The Facebook-owned messaging app announced that the anyone signing up to the service who’s under the age of 16 (or under 18 in certain countries) will have their account set to private by default.
However, the option to switch to public will still be available. From now on, anyone under these ages with a public account will be sent a notification encouraging them to switch to private.
As per the terms and conditions of Instagram, a user should be at least 13 years old to sign up for Facebook or Instagram.
In this manner, private accounts will let people control who sees or responds to their content. If you have a private account, people have to follow you to see your posts, Stories and Reels.
“People also can’t comment on your content in those places, and they won’t see your content at all in places like Explore or hashtags.”
The Facebook-owned company says that it is doing its best to identify “potentially suspicious behavior” from accounts.
This means that any account which is blocked or reported by the young user will never be shown under-16 accounts in the Explore, Reels, or Suggested Accounts page.
On top of this, such suspicious accounts won’t be able to see the comments of the young users. Nor they will be able to comment on content posted by the user under 16 years of age.