Instagram has apologized after a mistake with its calculation promoted slim down content to users with eating disorders. The search function within the app naturally suggested terms including “appetite suppressants” and “fasting” to a few individuals.
Eating disorder campaigners said that unsafe individuals may well be provoked and indeed relapse. The social media platform said harmful terms have presently been removed.
A representative for Facebook, which owns Instagram, said it was a “mistake” and the issue was settled on Monday. Instagram bans any content that “promotes, empowers or commends eating disorders” and limits posts promoting weight-loss items to over-18s.
But users with a history of eating disorders said they are more than once prescribed “damaging” content on the app. This incorporates things like calorie tallying posts and slim down or workout plans for weight loss.
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