Instagram makes changes to support and protect its most vulnerable users
Yesterday (7th Feb), Instagram announced a number of changes it will be making to its platform in order to help the most vulnerable users. Following a comprehensive review with global experts and academics on youth, mental health and suicide prevention, Instagram has made the decision to remove graphic images depicting self-harm from their platform.
A summary of changes being made are:
- No longer allowing any graphic images of self-harm, such as cutting on Instagram – even if it would previously have been allowed.
- No longer allowing non-graphic, self-harm related content – such as healed scars – in search, hashtags and the explore tab, and this content won’t be recommended either.
- Getting more resources to people posting and searching for self-harm related content and directing them to organizations that can help.
- Consulting with experts to find out what more they can do.