Instagram will notify users to take a break from the app

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Meta-owned photo sharing and social networking platform, Instagram announced that it will be rolling out a new feature that will notify users to take a break from the app for a specific period. Instagram users will get the notification or alert when they spend too much time scrolling on its platform.

The social media platform says the feature is a part of its ongoing youth safety campaign.

Additionally, the platform says that it was testing this feature named ‘Take A Break’ since November.

US, UK, Canada, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand are the few selected counties that will receive this feature initially and will slowly be rolled out globally in the forthcoming months.

Once the feature is rolled out to the users, they will be able to enable the feature and choose to be alerted to take a break from the platform after using it for a time period; 10 minutes, 20 minutes, or 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri in a blog post said that the social media giant will start taking a more stringent approach to what posts and feeds they recommend to teens within the app and also stop the non-followers from tagging or mentioning the teens.

Additionally, Instagram will start allowing parents and guardians to observe how much time their teen spends on Instagram and manage the time limit accordingly.

Explaining about the Take a Break reminder, Mosseri said that the reminder feature will allow users to know that they have reached the daily time limit of using Instagram. Once the threshold is reached, Instagram notifications will be muted.

Lately, we are observing a rising number of potentially harmful content on social media platforms. The toxic material which is being spread on social media impacts the mental health and wellbeing of users especially the young generation. Companies should safeguard their users from harmful content.

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