In a bid to reduce abuse on its platform, Instagram has taken some long-overdue steps which ofcouse would also give users a better and safer experience.
The company annouced earlier today a change which they believe would help in achieving their goal. When going through your feeds now or a profile, you might see a filter over some images marked as “sensitive”. These images according to instagram are images which have been reported by users but, have not actually violated the guidelines of the service.
On Instagram, full nudity is not allowed although, one could get away with uploading racy images. But if these images are reported and the Instagram team considers them “sensitive”, they would be blocked by default. Full images can however be gotten by just a tap.
Also annouced today is the “two factor authentication”. Though it’s been around for a while in limited fashion, it is now available to all. And yes it works just the way you think, immediately it’s turned on, you’d need a code sent to your phone via text message everytime you log in. All you need to do is ensure that you are using the number that your Instagram account is linked to.
Finally, the company has also launched a stand-alone website as a one-stop shop for keeping your experience safe and positve. It provides you with an overview of things like; managing comments, tagging photos, blocking accounts and so on. All for you to control your experience.
All of the above features started running today, so go to your Instagram app to try them out.
Instagram is a mobile photo-sharingapplication and service that allows users to share pictures and videos either publicly or privately on the service, as well as through a variety of other social networking platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Flickr. Originally, a distinctive feature was that it confined photos to a square shape, similar to Kodak Instamatic and Polaroid SX-70 images, in contrast to the 4:3 aspect ratio typically used by mobile device cameras.