Instagram unveiled a new update to stop people from overusing the application, according to The Daily Mail. The update is primarily targeting teenagers so that they are not scrolling through reels at 4 a.m.
Meta has reportedly launched two new tools to help teenagers manage their time better. Meta explained that the tools are “designed to help teens feel in control of their online experiences and help parents feel equipped to support their teens.”
The tools are notifications for both Facebook and Instagram. When users reportedly spend more than 20 minutes. Meta says that the notification will alert users and prompt them to take a break from the app. On Instagram, the notification will come in the form of a “nudge” and will prompt users to stop scrolling through reels.
The tool was released shortly after Meta introduced “Quiet Mode” on Instagram, which allows users to mute their notifications. An automated message is also sent to those trying to send a direct message. Users in quiet mode can be spotted with a crescent moon attached to their profile icon. The setting is easily turned on or off and can be set to turn on automatically. Users will also be asked if they would like to turn the setting on if they have been scrolling through the app for “several minutes” at night.
The tools come as a bipartisan group of legislators introduced the “Protecting Kids on Social Media Act,” according to a report from the defense and national security website 19FortyFive. The act will reportedly require children between the ages of 13 through 18 to use social media, they will need their guardian’s consent.
Parents will be able to give their consent by providing a valid ID. The legislation will also bar social media companies from using algorithms to recommend videos to minors.