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Meta Going To Bring Forth New Nudity Filter For Instagram

Instagram, which is owned by Meta, the same company that owns Facebook’s parent company, is reportedly testing a new nudity exposure protection feature for photos that may contain nude people or body parts in direct messages. This is a move that some may praise, while others may criticize for various reasons.

Even while the firm has informed several media outlets that it is, in fact, working on this nudity protection update for Instagram, the feature is not yet operational. An app developer by the name of Alessandro Paluzzi, who has made something of a hobby out of reverse engineering applications in order to dig up early versions and signs of impending upgrades, was the one who initially uncovered the new nudity prevention mechanism.

Meta Bringing Forth New Nudity Filter For Instagram

According to a report that was published by The Verge, with which Meta confirmed its upcoming filter, Paluzzi’s Twitter publication of his discovery prompted Meta to confirm that the feature is in development and will allow users to filter or block unsolicited nude photos in direct messages. Additionally, users will be able to “shield themselves from nude photos as well as other unwanted messages.”

According to the social media giant, the nudity filter will be somewhat comparable to the “Hidden Words” option that is already available on Instagram. This feature enables users to filter direct message requests based on specific categories of material and terms that may provoke or offend them.

Meta further states that the future upgrade will prevent the firm from viewing the content of potentially offending messages and that it will not disclose this information to any other parties either. A representative for the firm named Liz Fernandez stated that “We are working closely with experts to ensure that these new capabilities respect people’s privacy while also providing them choice over the communications they receive.”

Meta has not disclosed any other information on the functionality of the technology, including how it would filter photographs or what other tasks it will perform.


That there is an issue with texts that are either impolite or overtly sexually harassing

It cannot be denied that hostility may be seen on Meta’s many social media channels. Even further, Pew Research produced research saying that 33 percent of women under the age of 35 have been the target of sexual harassment online. A significant portion of this activity most likely takes place on Instagram and other social sharing sites.
In addition, despite the enormous amount of money spent on information technology by the parent firm, the filters that are already in place at Meta can, at times, be unexpectedly ineffectual. According to the Center for Countering Digital Hate, Instagram’s capabilities were unable to block or filter ninety percent of the “image-based abusive direct messages” that were sent to high-profile women on the platform through direct messages. These messages were sent on Instagram.

“Cyberflashing” is another name for the act of sending sexually explicit images to someone without their consent. At the moment, this is only considered a minor infraction in one state in the United States, making it legal in the majority of countries throughout the world.

It is not clear whether the planned Meta function would also screen nude photographs from direct messages sent by friends and followers, or those being followed, or how exactly it will respond to visuals it finds questionable. Also, given Facebook’s well-deserved reputation for allowing its algorithms to incorrectly determine what should and should not be blocked, it is reasonable to assume that more than a few instances of silly and frustrating false positives will surface sooner or later.

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