Instagram makes changes to support and protect its most vulnerable users

08 Feb 2019 Helen Cole

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.

Read the full update from Instagram here.

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