A new feature of Instagram will hinder contact between adults and teenagers in the photo and video application. From this Tuesday, 16, the platform will prevent adult users from sending direct messages to teenagers who do not follow them on the social network. When attempting to contact, senders will be informed that the message cannot be sent.
The change in Instagram’s security policy is a response to criticism that the service facilitates interaction between adults and teenagers. To open an account on the social network, you only need to be at least 13 years old. With the recent change, only users over the age of 18 will be able to send and receive messages from anyone in the app.
In addition to preventing interaction, the social network will also implement other changes to the application. Teen profiles will appear less frequently in the “suggested users” tab, Reels and the Explore tab in adult accounts. The idea is precisely to hinder the interaction between the two groups of users.
For users already known to teenagers, Instagram will start displaying a notification when these adults exhibit suspicious behavior within the social network, such as when an adult adds several underage users in a given period, for example. Teenagers will be able to report, block or restrict contact with this user.
The last change will be made when registering new accounts on the platform. When informing the age, teen users will be encouraged to keep their profiles private, preventing the photos and videos from being visible to any internet user, who would not even need to be registered on Instagram.