Why Social Media Can't Always Shelter Us From Offensive Content

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Why Social Media Can't Always Shelter Us From Offensive Content

Instagram introduced a Sensitive Content Control feature earlier this week, but content control policies like this one tend to fall short across social media networks. 

The platform’s new feature allows you to choose “allow,” “limit,” or tighten controls even further so you see even less “harmful or sensitive” content on your feed. All social media sites have some content policy in place, but experts say these policies ultimately won’t shelter everyone from everything, and shouldn’t. 

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“As far as the social media sites themselves, how ‘well’  they police that fringe content boils down to their own business goals and what metrics they see—in other words, who makes up the bulk of their community members,” Mary Brown, the marketing and social media director at Merchant Maverick, told Lifewire in an email. 

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