Teens will have some content restricted on Facebook, Instagram

Teens searching topics such as suicide will be redirected for help.

Facebook and Instagram parent company Meta announced that it will restrict content related to suicide, self-harm and eating disorders for teen users. 

The big picture: While Meta already had content restrictions in place for teen users – placing new users into the most restrictive content control setting on Instagram and Facebook – current users will also be placed in that category. 


  • Certain topics will be hidden from teens in their feeds and stories. 
  • Teens that search for terms that are related to the restricted topics will be directed by Meta to expert resources for help. 
  • Meta’s latest update will also notify teens to update their privacy settings. 

What they’re saying: “We want teens to have safe, age-appropriate experiences on our apps,” Meta said in a blog post. “We’ve developed over 30 tools and resources to support teens and their parents, and we’ve spent over a decade developing policies and technology to address content that breaks our rules or could be seen as sensitive.” 

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