Instagram Tool Prevents People From Harming Themselves

Instagram Tool Prevents People From Harming Themselves
Health

A new anonymous reporting option on the social media platform hopes to provide better emotional support for users

Jiwon Kim
  • 25 october 2016

Social media has the power to do a lot of good, and also a lot of bad. Platforms such as Instagram are utilized by hundreds of millions of users every day as a way to post about their lives, feelings and opinions. To better support these people, Instagram decided to create a tool that lets users anonymously report posts that show a person is in emotional distress and also redirect those who are searching for banned terms, such as #thinspo. #Thinspo is a tag that stands for “thin inspiration.” It is widely considered to be a tag that promotes anorexia, a severe eating disorder that affects many people, particularly young women. The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders state that over 30 million people suffer from an eating disorder in the U.S.

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