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Instagram’s New Measures in The U.K.

Instagram’s New Measures in The U.K.

Instagram owner Meta, has just yesterday, launched new parental controls across the platform in the U.K. It contains the option of curating daily time limits that could range from 15 minutes to 2 hours, after which a dark screen would show on the app. Parents could in addition set up breaks in between using the app and view any accounts their child reports, and the reason they did so. In addition, the colossal tech cooperation would roll out a parent dashboard on every Quest VR headset globally.

Parents could also invite their wards to start up the monitoring tools. Until recently, these tools could only be initiated by the youngster.

The Instagram tools were launched in the United States sometime in March. Instagram is legally intended for individuals aged 13 and over. These measures are coming as allegations on whether the usage of the app was linked to frequent depression and anxiety episodes. In 2017, Molly Russell, a 14-year-old girl committed suicide after watching dangerous and suicidal content on the app. In 2021, Instagram halted plans to build an Instagram app for children below the age of 13, following resistance from the public.

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Additionally, in 2021, the Wall Street Journal reported that Meta, which was the owner of Facebook and WhatsApp as well as Instagram, had overseen some studies which discovered that teenagers blamed Instagram for heightened feelings of anxiety and depression. This study was kept secret until recently. Instagram has since declared the reports as solely focused on a sparse set of findings and cast the cooperation in a bad light.

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