Instagram is finally altering their approach towards censoring objectionable content that may not completely violate their community guidelines, but could still be termed sensitive, by blurring out such content.
Similar to Facebook’s approach the Instagram censorship update will blur out content that could be termed objectionable, letting the user choose whether they wish to view the content instead of being harsh and deleting posts, which Instagram has been accused of in the past.
Putting matters in hands of the users ensures that audience who wish to not accidentally come across content that could violate their moral code, or content that carries nudity.
Based upon reports from users, Instagram reviews such posts, and blurs them upon finding that they do not violate the company’s guidelines, but nevertheless could be objectionable to some.
Speaking about the update to Instagram’s censorship on their official blog, the company says, “This change means you are less likely to have surprising or unwanted experiences in the app. If you’d like to see a post that is covered with a screen, simply tap to reveal the photo or video.”
Facebook too had been criticized in the past, and the most often cited incident is Facebook’s censorship of the iconic Napalm Girl shot, due to which Facebook had to re-evaluate their censorship guidelines. Responding with an update that blurs out potentially objectionable content, letting the user choose.
Also, Instagram is upping the security for all accounts by enabling two-factor authentication to add an extra layer of security to Instagram accounts that will require a code every time users Log In. This option can be toggled on and off by tapping the ‘gear’ icon on the profile, and choosing Two-Factor Authentication.
Further in the blog post, Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom says,
“We’ve also developed an additional, easy-to-use site where you can learn about keeping yourself safe on Instagram. There, you can explore tools such as account blocking, comment controls, photo tagging and more. You can also connect with support services in your country and read more about how we’re building a positive community.”
The photo sharing platform is working towards making them self “a kind, welcoming place for everyone, and we’re just getting started,” he signs off.