Instagram has always been a relatively open and accepting platform for users. But their content censoring policies were either Black or White; either the content made through the censors or it got removed. Instagram recently accepted that there are lots of gray areas when it comes to censorship and they are about to bring a change in their policies.
The app revealed that very soon they will start blurring out posted content, either photos or videos if they have “sensitive” content. They were be hidden with a blurred frame with a warning on it which will read, “This photo contains sensitive content which some people may find offensive or disturbing.”
If the user is still willing to see it, they can simply tap a button to view it. Many users complained that they had to witness disturbing content just because it came on their screen. Now if a user reports a post of having “sensitive” content and the team agrees it will have a warning on it.
The question is what exactly comes under “sensitive?” To this question, the company replied that it will focus on violent content.
Examples include animal rights groups that share content to expose animal testing conditions or animal abuse, or content that raises awareness of humanitarian crises around the world (famine, the impact of war on local communities)
anything that might be disturbing for viewers. Apart from violent content, Instagram also didn’t rule out the possibility of putting a warning on sexually explicit content. The goal of the company is to provide a safe and friendly environment for the users. The company said:
Over time we will explore expanding the application of screens into other areas
This warning label does not mean that Instagram is changing its policies; the banned content will still be banned and if something does not pass the censorship, it will be banned instead of getting that blurred screen.