Instagram begins blurring some sensitive content, opens two-factor to all

Instagram is already doing a lot to spot and censor posts that violate its community guidelines, like outright porn, but now it’s also taking steps to block out potentially sensitive material that might not technically run afoul of its rules. The social network is adding a blurred screen with a “Sensitive Content” warning on top of posts that fit this description, which basically means posts that have been reported as offensive by users, but don’t merit takedowns per the posted Instagram guidelines.

This is an app feature that will add a step for users who aren’t worried about being scandalized by images posted on the network, since you’ll have to tap an acknowledgement in order to view the photo or video. The blurred view will show up both in list and grid display modes, and Instagram says it’ll prevent “surprising or unwanted experiences” in the app. It’s likely that Instagram is trying to find a balance between reducing community complaints and keeping its guidelines relatively open.

The second big update is the broad release of two-factor introduction to all users. Previously, this was available only to a limited set of members, despite the near-universal recommendation from security experts that they use two-factor wherever available. You can enable this feature using the gear icon in your profile page and enabling the option to “Require Security Code” under “Two-Factor Authentication.”

 Instagram’s new blurred content filters are another step in its continued efforts to clean up its act relative to community abuse and spam. Other steps the social network has taken include disabling comments on individual posts, and offering reporting tools and support within the app for cases that involve potential self-harm.

These boots are made for fashion

These boots are made for fashion

But the famous shoes have a growing fan base among Australia’s social-media savvy “it” girls, including Instagram wonder child Stephanie Claire Smith.

The model, who has more than 700,000 followers on the photo- sharing site, has been announced as the face of Blundstone’s new Urban range, becoming the latest social-media star to secure a major campaign.

A self-confessed country girl, Smith toldAccess All Areas she loved the boots because she could wear them anywhere.

“They’re super comfortable, I was surprised because a lot of work-looking boots are really heavy and stiff but the new urban ones are easy to dress up because they’re not as bulky,” the 21-year-old said.

“Generally I wear them with a pair of jeans but I noticed at the launch night in Sydney there were girls rocking them with skirts which looked kind of cool.”

Smith has developed a steadily increasing presence on social media, with her loyal followers keeping up with her clean-eating recipes, fitness tips and daily life. The down- to-earth beauty said she never expected others would be so interested in her life but loved the idea of being a positive role model.

“I worked out pretty early that I’ve got a lot of young girls following me and I do love girls asking me about (my routines). It’s almost cool to be healthy now, which is good,” Smith said.

“People do come up and say hello and my favourites are the young girls who are shaking and going ‘I love you so much you’re my role model’.”

But the famous shoes have a growing fan base among Australia’s social-media savvy “it” girls, including Instagram wonder child Stephanie Claire Smith.

The model, who has more than 700,000 followers on the photo- sharing site, has been announced as the face of Blundstone’s new Urban range, becoming the latest social-media star to secure a major campaign.

A self-confessed country girl, Smith toldAccess All Areas she loved the boots because she could wear them anywhere.

“They’re super comfortable, I was surprised because a lot of work-looking boots are really heavy and stiff but the new urban ones are easy to dress up because they’re not as bulky,” the 21-year-old said.

“Generally I wear them with a pair of jeans but I noticed at the launch night in Sydney there were girls rocking them with skirts which looked kind of cool.”

Smith has developed a steadily increasing presence on social media, with her loyal followers keeping up with her clean-eating recipes, fitness tips and daily life. The down- to-earth beauty said she never expected others would be so interested in her life but loved the idea of being a positive role model.

“I worked out pretty early that I’ve got a lot of young girls following me and I do love girls asking me about (my routines). It’s almost cool to be healthy now, which is good,” Smith said.

“People do come up and say hello and my favourites are the young girls who are shaking and going ‘I love you so much you’re my role model’.”