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Instagram now defaults to private for accounts whose owner is 16 and under

Facebook’s Instagram will now be default, make accounts owned by those who are under age 16 set to private and only followers a user accepts will be able to see their photos and videos, according to an announcement today.

Instagram says it wants to strike a balance between giving young instagram users the features they want and keeping them safe which includes:

  • Defaulting young people into private accounts.
  • Making it harder for potentially suspicious accounts to find young people.
  • Limiting the options advertisers have to reach young people with ads.

“Wherever we can, we want to stop young people from hearing from adults they don’t know, or that they don’t want to hear from. We believe private accounts are the best way to prevent this from happening.”

Starting this week, everyone who is under 16 years old (or under 18 in certain countries) will be defaulted into a private account when they join Instagram. For young people who already have a public account on Instagram, Instagram will show them a notification highlighting the benefits of a private account and explaining how to change their privacy settings but will still give young people the choice to switch to a public account or keep their current account public if they wish.

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