Instagram will launch a "Take a Break" feature to protect teens from harmful content.

ByFaisal Chughtai | Published date:

Instagram has lately been under fire for containing dangerous material that is creating mental health problems among teenagers. As a consequence, the social media behemoth is now attempting to alleviate the situation by offering a new tool dubbed "taking a break."

Nick Clegg, Facebook's vice president of global relations, stated:

We’re going to introduce something which I think will make a considerable difference, which is where our systems see that a teenagers is looking at the same content over and over again, and it’s content which may not be conducive to their well being, we will nudge them to look at other content.

He also said they are halting development on the Instagram Kids applications and providing parents with optional settings to monitor their children. Instead, they want to launch a "take a break" tool that would simply advise teenagers to take a vacation from Instagram or guide them away from dangerous material.

Clegg did not provide a timetable for this feature, but a Facebook spokesman informed The Verge that it is not currently in testing but will be shortly. This implies we won't see it this month, but rather towards the end of the year. Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri has also said that the company is "exploring" new features. We will update this area as soon as fresh information becomes available.