If you’ve ever received unwanted nude photos on Instagram (ladies will know what I’m talking about), you might soon be able to filter them out. Mobile developer and reverse engineer Alessandro Paluzzi recently discovered that Instagram is working on nudity protection for direct messages. While nudity is already not allowed in posts (with some exceptions), this could be now moved to messaging as well to increase safety on the platform.
Alessandro shared a screenshot of the feature that’s currently being developed.
#Instagram is working on nudity protection for chats 👀
ℹ️ Technology on your device covers photos that may contain nudity in chats. Instagram CAN'T access photos. pic.twitter.com/iA4wO89DFd
— Alessandro Paluzzi (@alex193a) September 19, 2022
“Technology on your device covers photos that may contain nudity in chats,” the screenshot reads, adding that Instagram can’t access the photos. You can choose to view photos or not, so you can tap on them to reveal them (similar to sensitive content on your feed). Alternatively, you can choose to turn the filter off completely. Instagram will also offer you safety tips with the feature to teach you more about staying safe while scrolling or chatting.
Speaking with The Verge, Instagram’s parent company, Meta, confirmed that the feature was indeed in development. “We’re working closely with experts to ensure these new features preserve people’s privacy, while giving them control over the messages they receive,” Meta spokesperson Liz Fernandez said. In other words, Meta won’t be able to see the photos, so I guess that if you want to exchange nudes with someone… You can. Although I wouldn’t be too confident doing it via any of Meta’s apps, to be honest.
My snarky comments aside, I find features like this very welcome. Along with keyword-based filters that weed out offensive and abusive messages, this could also make the time on the app much more pleasant.