Meta rolling out new Instagram & VR tools

Meta is rolling out new security and control tools for parents and teens in VR and on Instagram.

For Instagram, parents and guardians can now send invitations to their teens to initiate supervision tools - previously only teens could send invitations; set specific times when they would like to limit their teen’s use of Instagram; and see more information when their teen reports an account or post, including who was reported, and the type of report.

Teen Instagram users who repeatedly look up the same topics in Explore will begin receiving nudges - which research undertaken by the social media giant found led to more mindful social media interactions - encouraging them to discover something new.

Meta said nudges have been designed to encourage teens to discover something new and exclude certain topics that may be associated with appearance comparison.

Meta has also launched a Take a Break feature, which provides reminders after scrolling Instagram Reels for a period of time.

On Meta’s Quest VR helmets, parental supervision tools are being rolled out. They include the ability for parents to approve their teen’s download or purchase of an app that is blocked by default based on its IARC-rating; approve or deny requests from the Oculus mobile app; and block specific apps that may be inappropriate for their teen.

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