Instagram unveiled new feature to help deal with drug abuse
Facebook-owned Instagram rolls out a latest “prompt feature”, which would pop-up if Insta users try to find matter abuse related with treatment and recovery service to buy illegal drugs on the platform only using hashtags, like ‘opioid’, reports the source.
Source reports that “Instagram says people are using hashtags to find addiction support and communities as well as illegal drugs. This prompt is an attempt to help people who are indulging in or fighting against addictions like opioid and other drugs.”
The feature comes with three options to select- “see posts anyway”, “get support” and “cancel”.
The reports continued that “The new pop-up features aims to solve some of the platform’s drug issues, even if it doesn’t address the actual substance sales. It does at least give users a place to go if they’re searching for help.”
Instagram users can seek to get helpful resources that the picture-sharing social networking platform has developed with Mental Health Services Administration and Substance Abuse, and Durg Free Kids Partnership and National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence.
The newly introduced Instagram feature is available currently in the United States with an international roll to come soon, reports source.
Instagram previously unveiled the same feature for users who search for hashtags related to eating disorders and self-injury.