Instagram is home to any number of eye-catching shots of fancy food, far-flung destinations and professional looking photo shoots.
And whether you like it or not, the picture-sharing social media platform also happens to attract a large amount of folk wearing very little in the way of clothing.
Instagram’s moderators already operate a strict “no nipples” policy when it comes to images uploaded to the site but that’s not enough for some.
In a move that is likely to spark outrage in some quarters of the online community, Instagram is stepping up its censorship game with a brand new feature.
The change will see certain images uploaded to Instagram seemingly obscured by a blurred overlay.
Instagram will only apply the filter to any images or videos they decide feature “sensitive” content.
The filter will also feature the warning: “This photo contains sensitive content which some users may find offensive or disturbing.”
“This change means you are less likely to have surprising or unwanted experiences in the app,” Instagram explained in a press release. “If you’d like to see a post that is covered with a screen, simply tap to reveal the photo or video.”
While some have stressed that the move won’t necessarily apply to any scantily-clad shots, but rather anything moderators deem “sensitive”, Instagram has so far failed to specify what exactly falls under the term “sensitive”
That said, the company did reference graphic shots of animal testing and other extreme content as examples of the kind of content that may feature the filter.
However, Instagram has yet to rule out placing the filter on some of the racier images and photos that appear on the site.
While the app’s rules for nudity and sensitive content remain the same for the time being, changes could yet be afoot.