Instagram will make new accounts of teenagers under 16 closed by default

With the help of updates, the social network wants to “ensure the safety of children and adolescents”.

By default, posts and “Stories”in new accounts of teenagers will not appear in the “Interesting” section and in the hashtag search. The update will work in different countries, including Russia, they said in the company.
Teenagers with already open accounts will receive a warning about the benefits of the closed type. An Instagram study during testing of the feature showed that 8 out of 10 teenagers decided to leave their account closed by default.
With the help of another technology, Instagram will not show open accounts of teenagers under 16 in the recommendations, the “Interesting” section and Reels to accounts “with potentially suspicious behavior”. “Suspicious” people will not be able to subscribe to children, leave comments under their posts.
The second update will first appear in the United States, Australia, France, Great Britain and Japan, and later in other countries.

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