New and Upcoming Features
+ Announced in the US, Instagram is testing new age-verification methods beyond a physical ID. The two new methods include through taking a selfie where the technology identifies the user’s age or through social vouching. Social vouching is where users give permission for three people they are connected with to confirm their age. Steps are taken to ensure the accounts are legitimate sources. ID verification remains in place. While these options are only available in the US at the moment, Instagram hopes to roll it out worldwide with insight from how it is used in the US. Learn more here.
+ Family Centre, announced in March 2022, will now be available in the UK and other countries outside of America.
+ Parental supervision tools are being rolled out for Quest headsets. These include controls to manage purchases, block inappropriate content, keep on top of screen time and more. See full details here.
+ Sensitive content controls, released last year, can now allow users to regulate how much sensitive content may come across their feed. The three options are ‘more’, ‘standard’ and ‘less’ with the ‘more’ option unavailable to those underage.
+ Family Centre is launched in America. It allows parents to connect to teens’ accounts and monitor who they are interacting with while setting time limits for them. Teens also have the option to share with their parent when they report a user or their content.
+ Along with the Family Centre, Instagram has also released the Education hub. The hub has expert advice and articles to help families make the most of their time spent using the platforms. You can expect its release in the UK in the next coming months.
+ ‘Take a Break‘ was launched in various countries, including the UK. It reminds teens to take a break after they have been scrolling for a certain amount of time.