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Instagram aims to fight "sexual blackmail" with new updates

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Instagram will start testing new tools within weeks to combat "sextortion", a form of blackmail involving intimate photos sent online, writes the BBC.

The updates include “nudity protection,” which will blur nude photos in direct messages. It will be enabled by default for ages under 18.

The tests will also include forms of advertising that will direct potential victims of "sexual blackmail" for help.

Governments around the world have warned of the growing threat to young people from "sexual blackmail".

Usually nude photos are misused to demand money or other threats.

On Wednesday, two Nigerians pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting young boys in the US, one of whom committed suicide.

There are also cases where pedophiles use nude photos to force children to have sex.