Instagram Sets New Limits On Diet And Cosmetic Surgery Posts | Culture

PARIS, FRANCE – MARCH 15: In this photo illustration, the social media application logo, Instagram is displayed on the screen of a computer on March 15, 2019 in Paris, France. Social media Facebook, Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp have been affected by a global outage for nearly 24 hours on March 14, 2019 cutting virtual worlds to nearly 2.3 billion potential users. Facebook has explained the causes of malfunctions that have disrupted its networks in recent days. This failure is due to the “server configuration change” that has caused cascading problems Facebook is excused for the inconvenience caused to users and companies that are dependent on Facebook, Instagram or WhatsApp to run their business.(Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images)


Instagram and generally social media are having a deeper and deeper impact on our culture and in our lifestyle, above all, among young people. Influencers offer enviable beauty models, with a perfect look and a perfect body, but these models don’t always represent reality and most of the pictures on the web are clearly modified with filters or web-sites like Photoshop.


Besides this, this problem can also have a bad effect on the health of people. Indeed, sometimes, some posts showing perfect bodies are also accompanied by links to promote diet products like “detox” teas, lollipops, and supplements, many of which have a laxative effect and other psycological and phisical side effects.


Instagram has got more sensitive about the issue in the last couple of years and, recently, has announced new rules for posts about weight loss products and cosmetic surgery. In particular, some posts will be hidden from under-18s while others promoting “miraculous” weight loss products will be removed.


We want Instagram to be a positive place for everyone that uses it and this policy is part of our ongoing work to reduce the pressure that people can sometimes feel as a result of social media”, Instagram’s public policy manager Emma Collins said today.


Although the decision will only affect posts where a diet product is clearly promoted through a link or a coupon, allowing influencers to post photos where these products are simply present, this can be considered the first step toward a major awareness of the risks among young people.



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