Facebook has announced that this company will restrict users under age 18 from viewing posts from celebrity influencers that promote cosmetic surgery and various weight-loss products.
On Wednesday, Emma Collins, Instagram’s public policy manager mentioned in a statement that “Certain posts will be hidden from users under age 18 while others will be removed from Instagram as well as parent company’s platform Facebook. We want Instagram to be a positive place for everyone that uses it and this policy is part of our ongoing work to reduce the pressure that people can sometimes feel as a result of social media,”
Currently, some social media users such as actress Jameela Jamil have long been criticizing influencers like Kim and Khloe Kardashian and Kylie Jenner for promoting fat-loss products.
Jamil mentored in her post on twitter that “If celebs and influencers were actually honest with us about some of these diet/detox products…”
Instagram will remove posts entirely if it “makes a miraculous claim about certain diet or weight loss products, and is linked to a commercial offer such as a discount code”.
Collins also mentioned that the updated policy is part of Instagram’s work to “reduce the pressure that people can sometimes feel as a result of social media.
Collins mentioned Earlier in an interview with the London Evening Standard that Instagram worked with external experts to make this change without ruining the spirit of the platform. She also mentioned that “We want Instagram to be a positive place for everyone,”
According to a recent study published in the Pediatrics’ journal showed that children who view unhealthy snack images on social media platforms like Instagram are more likely to consume more calories from unhealthy snacks.
Anna Coate, the researcher from the University of Liverpool in Britain mentioned that “The results are supported by celebrity endorsement data, which show unhealthy food endorsements increase children’s unhealthy food intake, but healthy food endorsements have little or no effect on healthy food intake,”
This study was managed with the purpose of examining the effect of social media marketing of snack foods (healthy and unhealthy), via vloggers’ Instagram pages, on children’s snack intake.
The results suggest that the marketing of unhealthy foods, via vloggers’ Instagram pages, increases children’s immediate energy intake.
Children in the group that viewed the unhealthy snack images consumed 32 percent more calories from unhealthy snacks specifically and 26 percent more calories in total — from healthy and unhealthy snacks — compared with children who saw the non-food images, the findings showed.