Instagram to enable Sensitive Content Control by default for users under 16

Instagram offers options for its young and teenage users to restrict the amount of sensitive content visible to them on the social network. In June, the platform included an opt-in option to automatically limit sensitive content. Soon, this option will be enabled by default for young users under the age of 16. 

The new setting will make it difficult for young or teen users to watch “potentially sensitive content” on Instagram in their Search, Explore, Hashtag Pages, Feed Recommendations, Reels, and Suggested Accounts on the app.

Instagram to enable a new “Less” mode by default in Sensitive Content Control settings for young users

Currently, the young Instagram users come across as “standard” option enabled which still exhibits some sensitive content. The Meta-owned company announced in a blog post to restrict the further appearance of sensitive content for young users’ accounts. The new update to Instagram’s sensitive content control will make the “Less” mode enabled by default to eliminate the sensitive content from the teen’s account.


Instagram has announced to take some other measures along with this to safeguard the young mindsets, by encouraging them to review their account settings, creating a restriction on who can re-share their content, the amount of time spent on the app and it’s noteworthy that the platform has also placed safeguards on how teens can send and receive messages from unknown people.


To view your Sensitive Content Control settings on the app, simply follow the steps below:

  1. Open the app > go to your profile
  2. In the settings menu, tap on Account > Sensitive Content Control
  3. Set the control to preferred settings

After facing a lot of criticism, Instagram has been adding new measures to protect young users on the platform. Previously, it added ways to support people with eating disorders and negative body image.

We’re continuously developing controls to help people personalize their experience on Instagram. Last summer, we launched the Sensitive Content Control so people could choose how much or how little sensitive content to see in Explore from accounts they don’t follow. Today, we’re announcing updates to this control.

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