Instagram has just rolled out a new set of features aimed at helping you manage your feed and notifications more effectively.
The changes on Instagram are in response to concerns raised by policymakers, especially regarding the platform's impact on teenagers, following the release of internal documents by former Meta employee Frances Haugen.
Here are the key updates:
These updates come in the wake of revelations from internal research at Meta (formerly Facebook) that showed significant negative effects of their products on a segment of teen users. Instagram, in particular, was found to impact the self-esteem and mental health of some young users.
While Instagram's head of public policy emphasized that the research findings were mixed regarding whether social media is good or bad for users, the company remains committed to minimizing harmful effects and addressing issues related to negative social comparison and body image.
As policymakers focus on protecting the well-being of kids online, there is a growing interest in imposing new requirements on platforms. California, for instance, has recently enacted the Age-Appropriate Design Code, which aims to ensure the safety of minors online by defaulting to strict privacy settings. However, this move has also faced legal challenges from tech industry groups.
Initially, Quiet Mode will be available in the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.