New Instagram Update Aims to Protect People from Harming Themselves

New Instagram Update Aims to Protect People from Harming Themselves

A new Instagram update has introduced a feature that may be able to prevent users from committing self-harm. The update allows people to flag posts that they feel may indicate another user is at risk. Each flagged post will then be reviewed by a special team at Instagram. “We have teams working around the world, 24/7, who review these reports. They prioritise the most serious reports and respond quickly,” said Instagram spokeswoman Marni Tomljanovic. ‘

If a user’s post is flagged, and a team member thinks it’s cause for alarm, he or she will receive a message that reads: “Someone saw one of your posts and thinks you might be going through a difficult time. If you need support, we’d like to help.’ and thinks you might be going through a difficult time. If you need support, we’d like to help.” Along with more resources and a link to a helpline.

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