Cyberflashing, the practice of sending unsolicited and unwanted nude photos to people via social media apps or through other means, is a serious offence, punishable by prison in some countries, including
Now, it appears that Instagram’s parent company Meta is finally getting serious about it too.
Developer Alessandro Paluzzi noticed that Instagram is working on a feature called
The feature’s description says it can “securely detect and cover nudity,” and that Instagram cannot access these photos. Users will have the choice to view the photos or not, turn the feature on and off, and get safety tips on dealing with sensitive photos.
In a statement to
“We’re working closely with experts to ensure these new features preserve people’s privacy, while giving them control over the messages they receive,” a Meta spokesperson told the outlet.
Meta plans to share more details about this feature in the next few weeks.
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