Unsolicited images that contain nudity, or sexually explicit content, are one of the major concerns on any social media platform.
Instagram is testing a new way to protect users from unwanted content exposure in the app, via DMs, with a new Nudity Protection filter that would block likely nudes in your IG Direct messages.
The new ‘nudity protection’ option will enable Instagram to activate the nudity detection element in iOS, released late last year, which scans incoming and outgoing messages on your device to detect potential nudes in attached images.
“We’re working closely with experts to ensure these new features preserve people’s privacy while giving them control over the messages they receive,” said Meta spokesperson Liz Fernandez.
Where detected, the system can then blur the image, as Instagram notes – which, importantly, means that Instagram, and parent company Meta, would not be downloading and analyzing your emails for this feature, it would all be done on your device.