To limit the adverse effects of social media on young people’s mental health, Instagram is banning posts that are related to diet products and cosmetic surgeries.
The app finally made a move to ban celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Cardi B from posting contents that promote plastic surgery and weight loss products.
Health experts have been urging Instagram to filter the contents uploaded to the photo-sharing app to protect the mental well-being and body image of users who are under 18 years old.
On Wednesday, Instagram and Facebook announced that some diet and cosmetic surgery-related posts would only be visible to specific age groups, while some will be removed. Instagram will also delete posts that offer discount codes when you purchase slimming products that have miraculous claims.
According to Emma Collins, Instagram’s public policy manager, this move is part of the app’s efforts to make the platform a safer space for everyone. Collins said they had sought guidance from external experts to ensure that the new policy will have a positive impact on the platform.
Actress and body positivity advocate Jameela Jamil said that the move by Instagram is a win for mental health advocates.
Jamil, who has suffered eating disorders in her youth, has repeatedly expressed disapproval of celebrities who promote diet products. She has been aggressively fighting against the diet industry over the years. Jamil also started a movement called I Weigh, which aims to abolish the society’s notion of using weight as a measure of success.
Early this year, then-Prime Minster Theresa May criticized celebrities for making money from promoting diet products on social media, emphasizing the effect it has on young people.
Written By Jeraine Aspiras.