Instagram is adding new resources for users affected by negative body image or eating disorders. As of Monday, if users search for content related to eating disorders on Instagram, the app direct them to useful resources supported by experts. Instagram will also provide users with contacts for local eating disorder hotlines in the United States, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom.
Like most other social media platforms, Instagram also doesn’t allow content that encourages or encourages self-harm and eating disorders. The Facebook-owned photo-sharing platform is already trying to “scramble images likely to trigger” in search results. It also directs users who are looking for such content to crisis support resources.
Now, as a result of the newly introduced measures, users will see helpful resources specifically designed on eating disorders. Users can press the blue “Get Resources” button to get help from experts or a friend. Instagram also offers ways to support you. These are the suggestions that have helped other users in the past. The “See results” button will allow users to continue their research.
These resources will also appear if someone tries to share such sensitive content on the platform. Additionally, “if a friend is concerned about something they see posted and want to offer assistance,” they can direct the user to these resources as well.
Facebook said it strives to facilitate connection with friends through Instagram in such situations. It plans to add the ability to message a friend directly from resources. This feature will be available in the coming weeks.
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Instagram is also expanding its work with experts to better educate users about its policies, so they can offer support to users suffering from. It also holds feedback sessions with experts around the world to learn more about these issues. The company hopes to be able to introduce new approaches to offer support through these measures.
Additionally, Instagram is working with the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) to share programs during National Eating Disorders Awareness Week in the United States. He works with community leaders to help them create and share positive and inspiring body image content. Several community leaders will share Reels to encourage a positive body image, the company says.
Several other platforms like Pinterest, Tumblr and TikTok also have similar measures in place to try to help people performing potentially triggering or dangerous searches on their platforms.