How to Use Sensitive Content Control on Instagram?

Instagram Sensitive Content Control

Instagram has turned out to be a platform that caters to the need of every user rather than only considering the majority.

Based on your previous preferences its algorithm precisely hits on what YOU (the user) wants to see on your feed.

No matter how big of an influencer or celebrity someone is, the platform won’t show you even a single picture if you have not interacted with their posts in the past.

And that’s Instagram, my friend!

It makes YOU the king of the platform.

You are shown the type of content you are interested in.

You control who can message you.

You can turn off commenting.

You can share stories in a closed circle, or can even hide them from specific someone.

You can even restrict someone if you are getting bullied by any user.

It’s all about YOU! (the user)

And it is for this reason…

We are seeing the scenarios getting flipped now.

In this era of Instagram, the equal concern is given from the creators to their followers as much as they receive from the other end.

Because the one who has been on the platform for a while now knows it quite well that if YOU don’t value and engage with the audience, the audience gets turned off.

And a turned-off audience results in low interaction and reach which ultimately curbs the account’s growth in every aspect of the platform.

Coming back to the users-oriented approaches…

Features like restrict, turning off comments, hiding like counts are some of such examples which were rolled out with the intention to safeguard each individual and empower them shape the platform’s experience according to their needs. 


Instagram now took another step in the same lane rolling out yet another feature called ‘Sensitive Content Control’ that empowers YOU to decide the level of sensitive content that Instagram could surface in your explore feed.

Instagram mentioned– We’ve always had rules about what kind of content can be on Instagram, which we call Community Guidelines, and the point of these guidelines is to keep people safe. We don’t allow hate speech, bullying, and other content that might present a risk of harm to people. We also have rules about what kind of content we show you in places like Explore; we call these our Recommendation Guidelines. These guidelines were designed to help ensure that we don’t show you sensitive content from accounts you don’t follow. You can think of sensitive content as posts that don’t necessarily break our rules but could potentially be upsetting to some people – such as posts that may be sexually suggestive or violent.

The feature gives you control over sensitive content on the platform.

You can leave the setting as it is if you are satisfied with the current Explore page experience.


There exists three options that YOU can opt for.

The default setting shows you some photos that could be offensive or upsetting, while the ‘allow’ option on top doesn’t add any filters and shows you all the posts that they think you might be interested in no matter how offensive they are.

There exists one more setting which is at number three named as ‘Limit even more’ which is the maximum level of limit that you can put. If you opt for this option, Instagram filters out most of the posts that could be offensive or upsetting.

Here’s is how you can select your preference-

1- Go to your Instagram profile, and select ‘Settings’ from the top right corner of the screen.

2- Click on the ‘Account’ option, and then tap on ‘Sensitive Content Control’.

3- Select ‘Allow’ if you want no filtering from the Instagram side of posts that could be offensive or sexualizing.

4- Select ‘Limit even more’ if you want Instagram to remove more of the sensitive content from your Explore feed.

5- Although the ‘Limit’ option is by default, you can select it if you are currently using another setting and want medium filtering of sensitive posts.

Note- In case if you are under 18, the ‘allow’ option isn’t given in the panel to protect you from any extreme content.

Since everyone has a different taste of the type of content they want to see on the platform, Instagram provided yet another feature to give its users more control of the content type so it could be a better place for you.

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