‘That’s the best news I’ve heard in a while to ban plastic surgery-like filters ‘on instagram
It has been announced that Instagram face filters that allow users to make it look like they have undergone plastic surgery will be removed.
A statement announcing the update on Facebook was released by Spark AR, the augmented reality platform that creates the filters.
The company said they are re-evaluating their “existing policies as they relate to well-being,” saying they want a “positive experience” for those who use Spark AR effects.
The company stated that it is “removing from the Instagram Effect Gallery all effects associated with plastic surgery” in addition to “postponing approval of new effects associated with plastic surgery until further notice”.
“We cannot provide precise timing for the new policy rollout at this time, but we will provide updates as soon as possible,” the statement added.
Many users on Twitter welcomed the decision to remove Instagram’s plastic surgery-themed face filters.
“The best news I’ve heard in a while is that remove plastic surgery-like filters from Instagram,” one person wrote.
“Filters can be fun, but the way you see yourself when you look in the mirror without them can also be adversely affected,” another added.
Over the past year, more than one billion people across social media have used their face-alteration filters, according to Spark AR.
A study published in the journal JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery in August 2018 found that face filters on apps lead to a “Snapchat dysmorphia” phenomenon.
Dr. Neelan Vashi, director of the Cosmetic and Laser Centre at Boston University, clarified that “patients are searching for surgery to help them appear like their own filtered versions.”
“Specially filtered selfies can have harmful effects on adolescents or those with BDD [body dysmorphic disorder] because these groups may more severely internalise this beauty,” the scientist added.
Recently it was reported that advertisements for weight loss brands featured on multiple reality television stars ‘ Instagram accounts were banned after they were found to be irresponsible.
The Advertising Standards Authority found that posts shared by Katie Price, Lauren Goodger, and Georgia Harrison promoting weight loss products violated health claims rules.


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