Instagram updated its Sensitive Content Control feature on June 6. Users can now sift through weight reduction related advertisements on their news sources.
The update augments the feature that Instagram introduced the previous summer by permitting users to channel content on something beyond their Explore page.
“In addition to Explore, you will now be able to control the amount of sensitive content and accounts you see in Search, Reels, Accounts You Might Follow, Hashtag Pages and In-Feed Recommendations,” the company wrote in its statement.
The “body weight control” subject is the most recent to be included on the list of points that can be sifted out of users’ day to day feeds. Other social media Apps have pursued comparative choices lately. TikTok banned fasting app ads and restricted advertisements from promoting ‘negative body image’ in 2020.
It’s indistinct if Instagram was taking cues from TikTok or rolled out its improvements because of a petition made by body neutral powerhouse, Katie Budenberg.
Last year, Budenberg made a petition to urge Instagram to include a possibility for sifting weight reduction ads in its Sensitive Content Control feature. In the petition’s description, she wrote, “To some, these ads may be harmless and they can scroll on but for some these ads are triggering and dangerous.”
The petition received over 30,000 supporters, and less than a year later, Instagram updated the feature. In a post on the app, Budenberg shared a graphic informing her followers of the change and listed steps for them to take to filter out weight loss content on their news feeds.
“I don’t know if it was us, I don’t know if Instagram just came to their senses, but most importantly – WE CAN NOW ASK TO NOT SEE WEIGHT LOSS ADS,” she wrote in her caption.
Here are the steps you can take:
Go to your profile
Choose the menu icon in the upper right-hand corner
Go to Ad topics
In the “Search all topics” toolbar, search for “body weight control”
Click the topic
Select “see less”
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