Meta Will Hide Suicide and Eating Disorder Content from Teens 

by | Jan 11, 2024

Meta Will Hide Suicide and Eating Disorder Content

Meta has announced that it will restrict teenagers from viewing certain types of content on platforms like Facebook and Instagram. This includes content related to topics like suicide, self-harm, and eating disorders. The company believes that this content may not be suitable for young people. Even if a teenager follows someone who shares this type of content, they will not be able to see it. Instead, they will be directed to expert resources for help. These changes will be implemented gradually for users under the age of 18.

In addition to hiding sensitive content, teen accounts will also have default settings that filter the kind of content they see on Facebook and Instagram. This affects recommended posts in search and explore sections. Meta will automatically set the most strict settings for teen accounts, but users can change these settings if they wish.

These updates are being made as Meta and other tech companies face increased scrutiny regarding the way they handle children on their platforms. Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify before the Senate on child safety at the end of January. This comes in the wake of legislation aimed at restricting children’s access to adult content. However, there are concerns that blocking all content except what platforms consider trustworthy could limit young people’s access to educational and support resources.

In Europe, the Digital Services Act holds Big Tech companies accountable for content shared on their platforms, with rules on transparency and ad targeting. The UK’s Online Safety Act also requires online platforms to comply with child safety rules or face fines. While these measures aim to create a safer online environment, critics argue that they may infringe on user privacy.

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Source: www.theverge.com

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