Instagram is working on a new security and protection function for its users, with which it will be able to detect when an image contains a nudity in order to blur it and let the user who receives it decide whether to see it or not.
Unfortunately, receiving a nude photo from an unknown person or from someone we don’t want to receive that type of content from is something that happens a lot more than we think. This is a type of harassment , to which very few governments are paying attention despite the fact that many people, especially women, receive these unwanted images.
Little by little this is changing and since this year the United Kingdom collects in The Online Safety Bill, something similar to an online security law, that sending photos or videos where they appear nude or sexual content without prior consent is equivalent to the law of exhibitionism (show genitals on the street) and is sentenced to two years in prison.
Now, as developer Alessandro Paluzzi has discovered, Instagram has also wanted to take action on the matter and is working on a new technology that will prevent its users from receiving photos of sexual content without their consent.
– Alessandro Paluzzi (@alex193a) September 19, 2022
At the moment not much is known about this technology, only what Paluzzi shows in the screenshot. It is important to remember that as long as it is consented, the sending of sexual content is allowed, and that despite the fact that this technology detects nudity, Instagram does not have access to these images or videos.
The app will only blur these contents and it will be the user who receives them who decides if he wants to see it or not . In turn, the user will have the power to activate or deactivate this function as he sees fit and finally, when this technology is extended, the platform will offer a series of security tips to educate people on how to act in the face of this type of content.
Being something that Instagram is working on, there is still no official confirmation that this technology is going to arrive, although being an increasingly common problem, we all hope that it will become a reality.
It is a great advance in terms of protecting people from this type of sexual harassment and it would not be surprising if this technology were officially launched to reach other company apps such as WhatsApp or Facebook.