Instagram now sets accounts for users under 16 ‘Private’ by default


Popular social media platform Instagram keeps adding features to protect users from online abuse. The company will now set new accounts to Private by default for accounts that belong to users under the age of 16 (or age 18 in some countries).

If a user wants a public profile, the option to switch to the public will still be available. Users who are under 16 (18 in some countries) will also get notifications encouraging them to switch to private.

Setting Private to accounts means strangers cannot send DMs to these accounts. They also cannot comment on their posts. Stories and Reels of private accounts cannot be reshared unless the account allows. Content of private accounts is also not available in places like Explore or hashtags. So, young Instagram users will be safe from cyberbullies

Facebook, the parent company of Instagram is also changing how advertisers can target users under the age of 18. Previously, advertisers could target any Instagram users based on data Facebook and its apps collect. Now advertisers will only be able to target under-18 users based on their age, gender, and location.

Facebook claims that it is commented to make Instagram safer and more private for teenagers. It is also working on an app fr kids under 13.

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