In a blogpost, Meta has announced that Instagram will begin scanning messages sent to and from users under the age of 19 in order to protect them from inappropriate content. The feature, expected to be launched later this year, will also work on encrypted messages—however, alerts of inappropriate messages back to Instagram servers. Instead, only the user's device will know whether a message has been filtered out. The announcement is the first response from Meta over concerns that its plans to encrypt direct messages on Facebook Messenger and Instagram could place children and young people at risk.
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