Meta, Facebook’s recently rebranded parent company, has created new tools and features designed to keep young people safe on Instagram — again. The announcement comes just one day before the app’s head testifies to Congress about the platform’s potential risks to kids and teens.
Among the tools includes the platform nudging teens towards different topics if they’ve been dwelling for too long, a Take A Break feature, and stopping users from tagging teens if they don’t follow them. The company is also introducing tools for parents to track how much time their teens spend on Instagram, set time limits, and explore a new educational hub. Teens will also soon have the ability to notify their parents when they report someone. Not all of these tools are available just yet, and the tools for parents and guardians are slated to launch in March.