It's now very well known that the majority of the content that we see on Instagram is very, very unrealistic.
Instagram and other social media platforms are known to enhance the way people portray their ordinary lives, and with the help of numerous edits and filters, anybody can have the "perfect life."
But it looks like Instagram is beginning to put its foot down when it comes to filters after it has now banned some of its most popular face-altering filters.
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Instagram is one of the most popular social media apps in the world.
via: ShutterstockWith over 1 billion active users every month, it's safe to say that Instagram is now a way of life.
People are now obsessed with the picture-taking app.And users literally document their day-to-day lives on the app, with many even earning a living from using Instagram.
As fun as Instagram is...It does have many flaws.
And one of these flaws is filters.
via: ShutterstockThe majority of things posted on Instagram are heavily edited, tweaked, and filtered.
Instagram offers an entire range of filters.
They are very popular on Instagram stories...
A lot of these filters are artistic and experimental...
These types of filters are known to damage self-esteem...has shown that Instagram likes are a form of validation that we all crave, so the more perfect our photos appear, the more likes we will get.
So it wasn't a great idea to include a plastic surgery face filter...suggested that these face-changing filters can have a negative effect on the way people see themselves, so including a plastic surgery filter was a shady move on Instagram's part.
Instagram has decided to take action.
The surgery filters were promoting an unhealthy body image...Effects that make people look like they have had lip injections, fillers or a facelift will be among those banned.
The filters were intended to be a positive experience for users."We're re-evaluating our policies - we want our filters to be a positive experience for people," an Instagram spokesman said to the BBC.
The plastic surgery effects are no longer available.
Users had the power to create their own face-altering filters.
But some of these new filters were branded as "extreme."
via: Getty ImagesFixMe, one of the plastic surgery filters, showed how a cosmetic surgeon marked a person's face before procedures. Its creator, Daniel Mooney, told the BBC: "FixMe was only ever supposed to be a critique of plastic surgery, showing how unglamorous the process is with the markings and bruising."
Mooney believes that banning his filter won't make a difference.
via: Getty Images"I can see where Instagram is coming from, but for as long as some of the most-followed accounts on Instagram are of heavily surgically 'improved' people, removing surgery filters won't really change that much," he went on to say.
A lot of users are happy about the decision to ban the filter.
Yes @instagram! Banning 'plastic surgery-effect' filters is important because we are what we see, it's super unheal… https://t.co/RuhMGQxqsE— Alya Mooro • عليا مورو (@Alya Mooro • عليا مورو)1571838069.0
Many have hailed it a "fantastic decision."
Instagram banning plastic surgery filters is such a fanastic decision, makes me so happy to know that they are taki… https://t.co/xbWSjqFEvy— humanitarian hotgirl (@humanitarian hotgirl)1571809105.0
But some don't agree with the decision to ban the filters.Some users believe that the filter isn't a trigger to get plastic surgery in order to improve appearance.
Instagram needs to do all it can to tackle body dysmorphia.
via: ShutterstockFilters such as these generate unrealistic expectations, particularly amongst young people, and the long-term mental health effects that they can have can be catastrophic. Keep scrolling to read more about Instagram filters and edits, and how one influencer was called out for a major edit flaw in all of her posts...