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Grooming: how the new Instagram system works to detect adults who try to contact minors

The technology will not allow the sending of messages and will not show suspects in the recommendations, among other measures.

Meta has an obsession: protect young people and create safe experiences for the ages of these users. In accordance with this purpose, the technology company announced a new system for detect to adults who come into contact with minors in Facebook and Instagramamong other news.

Hereinafter, everyone under the age of 16 (or under 18 in certain countries) they will have a default most private setting when they join Meta networks. In addition, the company is developing new educational tools and materials to stop the spread of self-generated intimate images online.

Meta is concerned that youth may interact with potentially suspicious adults. One account “suspicious” is that which belongs to an adult who may have been recently blocked or reported by a young person, according to the definition made by the company itself.

The technology company sensed that this was a significant problem and asked teens to report it after blocking someone with this profile. In just one month in 2021, over a hundred million people sent security advisories only on Messenger.

The alert messages that teens will receive when faced with a suspicious account. (Photo: Goal)

The solution so that this does not continue to happen: do not allow sending messagesdo not show in the recommendations from ‘People you may know’ and delete the message on teens’ Instagram accounts when viewed by suspicious adults.

In addition, Meta will enable a default most private setting when teens join Facebook. Users will be able to choose between these options:

  • Who can see your friends list.
  • Who can see the people, Pages, and lists they follow.
  • Who can see the posts you’re tagged in on your profile.
  • Review the posts they are tagged in before the post appears on their profile.
  • Who can comment on your public posts.

“This move comes on the heels of us implementing similar privacy defaults for teens on Instagram and aligns with our security framework,” the technology says on its corporate blog.

Sextortion, another scourge online

More measures to protect minors.  (Photo: Goal)

More measures to protect minors. (Photo: Goal)

Another major problem: the intimate images online. “The non-consensual sharing of intimate images can be extremely traumatic and we want to do everything possible to discourage teens from sharing these images on our apps in the first place,” the company continues. It is what is known as sextortion.

In most cases, people share this content out of “outrage, bad temper, or disgust, and with no apparent intent to harm.” In any case, sharing this content violates the policies, regardless of the intent, remember.

To eradicate this problem, Meta works on two lines. The first, a collaboration with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) to build a global platform for teens who are concerned that the intimate images they created could be shared on public online platforms without their consent.

In addition, the technology company is working with Thorn and its NoFiltr brand to create educational materials that reduce shame and stigma that surround intimate images and empower teens “to seek help and regain control if they have shared or are experiencing sextortion.”

With information from La Vanguardia.


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