Instagram is one step nearer to changing into a good place, thanks partially to outspoken physique positivity activist Jameela Jamil.
The actor and Kardashian slayer has used social media as a software for calling out the widespread apply of influencers and celebrities pushing unhealthy merchandise like urge for food suppressant lollipops and “flat tummy detox teas.” In February, Jamil used her platform to push a petition asking celebrities to cease these promotions, which racked up nearly 250,000 signatures.
Now she’s working with social media to deal with the issue. On Wednesday, Instagram introduced that posts selling weight loss merchandise or beauty procedures with a price ticket or incentive to purchase can be blocked from the accounts of customers beneath age 18. In addition, it can take away these sorts of promotional posts by which the poster makes a “miraculous claim” about weight loss as the results of utilizing the product.
In an interview with Elle UK, Jamil celebrated Instagram’s resolution and revealed that she has been engaged on the rules with the platform for months. She additionally articulated why motion was ― and continues to be ― so obligatory.
“We have hyper-normalised flogging nonsense to young impressionable people,” she informed Elle UK. “These people are selling hair growth gummies but wearing extensions or photoshopping themselves to look slimmer and selling a weight loss shake. There are so many lies being told and we’ve accepted that as a cultural norm.”
It’s no secret that the imagery persons are uncovered to can deeply impression shallowness, each on a aware and unconscious degree. Too typically the businesses (and generally the celebrities) that shill these merchandise seem to have little regard for the impression they’re having or the dangerous means they’re being promoted.
Back in March, Australia-based model SkinnyMe Tea got here beneath hearth for utilizing a photograph of an eating dysfunction survivor to advertise its product. The Kardashians have been criticized for selling urge for food suppressant lollipops, detox teas and extra unhealthy merchandise masked as “wellness” instruments.
An possibility to permit Instagram customers to report posts that violate the brand new pointers will roll out within the coming weeks, in accordance with Elle UK. Instagram didn’t instantly return HuffPost’s request for remark.
Props to the social media platform for taking steps to enhance its customers’ psychological health. It’s onerous to think about our appearance-obsessed tradition will ever actually be free from the strain of twisted magnificence beliefs, however getting them off our timelines is a start.