Instagram imposes a limitation on diet and cosmetic surgery related content

Instagram is planning to put some restrictions on posts that are related to diet/health products and cosmetic surgery. According to the report, an age restriction will be imposed on both – Facebook and Instagram from today.

For the past few years, several internet users have expressed their concerns regarding the influence of posts containing diet, detox, and cosmetic surgery ads on the young minds. Instagram has finally decided to take notice of the situation by only allowing users above 18 to promote such material while the same will also be hidden from the users who are underage.

Additionally, the social media platform is planning to put a complete ban on products that claim to miraculously help lose weight as well.

Instagram’s public policy manager explained that they want Instagram to remain as a positive place for interaction and the new policy will lessen the pressure many people feel as a result of social media. The company is also seeking guidance from industry experts on how they can enhance this policy to create a positive impact on the global user base of 1 billion.

Advocates of body positivity and mental health are content with the new development on Facebook. Jameela Jamil, who has repeatedly voiced her opinion on how high-profile online figures are manipulating the mind of the viewers through unhealthy diet plans and products was very happy with the new development.

We are so pleased to announce this policy change of Instagram and Facebook. THIS IS JUST THE START OF OUR EFFORTS. Diet and detox products are more than just products that exploit the insecurities of vulnerable teenage consumers, they can lead to longterm health side effects. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 23,000 emergency room visits every year in the US are a result fo dietary supplements and MORE THAN HALF of these incidents occur in young people ages 5 to 19 years old due to weight loss and energy supplements. The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued a report warning that UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES should teens use these products, NO MATTER THEIR WEIGHT. These products are dangerous and should not be sold to minors FULL STOP. #iweigh #instagram #diet #weightloss #detox #health #mentalhealth #awareness #dietculture #weight #weightloss #bodyneutrality
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The British actress started the I Weight movement and a related account on Instagram to educate the viewers on the dangers of unhealthy lifestyles and diet products. Her account encouraged the followers to share their success stories of weight loss – without the use of innovative diet products.

Since its inception, the account has gained more than 830,000 followers. Jameela Jamil also agreed to work alongside Facebook and Instagram to promote a healthy lifestyle and attractive body that can be achieved without the diet and detox industry.

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