Instagram officially announced yesterday that it is introducing new forms of support within the platform for people who are affected by an eating disorder or negative body image, thus creating ways to help users find expert help.
Until then, the platform had as a standard only limited access to publications that could create problems for users suffering from eating disorders, but with the new policy, the platform starts to offer resources supported by specialists when users search for related subjects.
Also according to the company, these new features will result in the direct kubga for service that includes Beat in the UK, National Eating Disorder Information Center in Canada, and Butterfly Foundation in Australia, as well as new advice on how to develop the body confidence that we build in partnership with the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) in the USA.
While we don’t allow content that promotes or encourages self-harm and eating disorders, we do allow people to share their own experiences and journeys around self-image and body acceptance. We know that these stories can generate important conversations and provide support to the community, but they can also be triggering for some. To solve this, when someone tries to search or share content related to self-mutilation, we currently blur potentially triggering images and direct people to useful resources. However, we heard from experts that we would be more supportive of people if we made dedicated resources available to deal with eating disorders or body dissatisfaction, which is why we are introducing new specific resources for body image issues.
In addition, it will also be possible to share the links related to the content in question, thus helping to expand the information, especially for those who wish to show the information in question to friends and family who can benefit from the information.
Not least, “feedback sessions” with community writers and experts around the world are also revealed to learn more about emerging issues in the eating disorders space and new approaches to support.