As per a report by The Telegraph, Facebook and Instagram are soon going to block users below 18 years of age from seeing sexual content. The rules that Facebook is going to implement at the beginning of the coming year are part of a new policy to “age-gate” sexual content.
Teenagers under the age of 18 will be banned from viewing sexualized adverts, fictional depictions of sex and artistic portrayals of nudity or sex act. Moreover, the new rules will not affect the existing Facebook policy and are only meant to block explicit sexual content on the social media platform. According to The Telegraph report, the new rules will not affect “explicitly educational” sexual content “after feedback from sex educators.”
The artist Ruben Cordova, last year was permanently banned from Facebook after he uploaded pictures of a nude sculpture. Also, Andy Burrows, the NSPCC head of child safety online policy said that it is good to see Facebook taking steps in recognition of the fact that there is content on their platforms that’s unsuitable for children.