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Instagram Bans Plastic Surgery Filters

Instagram Bans Plastic Surgery Filters

Friday, 25 October, 2019 - 06:15
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Instagram is removing all augmented reality (AR) filters that depict or promote cosmetic surgery, amid concerns they harm people's mental health.

According to BBC, effects that make people look like they have had lip injections, fillers or a facelift will be among those banned.

Research suggests face-changing filters can make people feel worse about the way they look.

Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, said the ban was about promoting wellbeing.

"We're re-evaluating our policies - we want our filters to be a positive experience for people. While we're re-evaluating our policies, we will remove all effects from the gallery associated with plastic surgery, stop further approval of new effects like this and remove current effects if they're reported to us," a spokesman said.

Among the filters - FixMe - showed how a cosmetic surgeon marked a person's face before procedures.

Instagram said it was unsure how long it would take to remove all of the filters but many users welcomed the ban.

"Most people just pass filters off as 'girls having fun' and to just let girls enjoy things, but when you haven't posted a photo without one of these filters since 2016, then it clearly is something deeper than just 'fun'," one user said on Twitter.

However, some users said they would miss the effects. "Has Instagram also considered me and what I'm supposed to do when I'm having a day where I look more clapped than normal?" tweeted one.

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