Instagram rolls out new feature to help users with drug issues

Instagram rolls out new feature to help users with drug issues Facebook-owned Instagram is rolling out a new “prompt feature” that would pop-up if users try to find substance abuse related recovery and treatment services or look to buy drugs illegally on the platform using certain hashtags such as “opioid”.

Instagram rolls out new feature to help users with drug issues

Instagram rolls out new feature to help users with drug issues

Instagram rolls out new feature to help users with drug issues The Facebook-owned company previously rolled out a similar feature for users who search for hashtags related to self-injury and eating disorders.

Back in August, the social media giant shut down several hashtags that could connect Facebook users with the dealers. At the time, it also introduced a feature that enabled people addicted to opioid or trying to purchase opioids to seek help.

Now, nearly a month after the feature made a debut on Facebook’s platform, the company is introducing a similar feature on Instagram.

Instagram is rolling out a new “prompt feature”

Instagram rolls out new feature to help users with drug issues

# The newly introduced feature enables Instagrammers using hashtags to find illegal drugs and addiction support community to connect with the help centres.

# Essentially, Instagram would display a message which says, “If you or someone you know is struggling with opioid or substance misuse, find ways to get free and confidential treatment referrals, as well as information about substance abuse, prevention, and recovery,” to its users who search for specific hashtags such as “#opioid” on the photo-sharing platform.

# Users can respond to the message by picking one of the three options-“Get Support”, “See Posts Anyway” or “Cancel”.

# Users who pick the Get Support option can then opt to get the support that the platform has developed in association with the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

How will this new feature help users with drug issues?

Instagram rolls out new feature to help users with drug issues the new pop-up features aim 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.

Notably

The company has rolled out the feature in the US and it is planning to roll out the feature to other parts of the world soon, as per the report.

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