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Instagram Is Introducing Three Important Tools From Today

All in the name of safety.

24/03/2017 5:54 AM AEDT | Updated 24/03/2017 6:00 AM AEDT
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There are changes coming to Instagram, in line with its vow of late last year to create a safe online space for its users -- and they're based on kindness.

"Last September, we made a commitment to the community to keep Instagram a safe place for everyone and built tools to safeguard self-expression on our platform. This year we will continue to act on that commitment and also focus on fostering kindness," Kevin Systrom, co-founder and CEO said in a brand statement released on Friday.

"The first step is to celebrate the kindness our community is already known for. On March 25 and 26, tens of thousands of Instagrammers all over the world will come together for 'Worldwide InstaMeet 15' to share their stories and spread kindness in the world. You can find an InstaMeet near you or spread kindness by leaving an encouraging comment, giving an inspiring person a like or sharing a message of support with a friend."

Beyond the InstaMeet, you'll notice some changes to some videos and photos you see.

Soon you may notice a 'screen' over what have been deemed as 'sensitive' photos and videos when you scroll through your feed. While these posts don't violate Instagram's guidelines, someone has reported them and the review team has confirmed they are sensitive. This change means you are less likely to see surprising or unwanted visuals in the app. If you'd like to see a post that is covered with a screen just tap to reveal the photo or video.

You're also getting increased security as two-factor authentication is now available to everyone. This tool adds an extra layer of security to your Instagram account by requiring a code every time you log in. Tap the 'gear' icon on your profile and choose 'Two-Factor Authentication' to turn it on.

Lastly, the company is launching an online safety centre to help users quickly access all of the safety features and connect with other programs and resources related to online safety.


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