Instagram to block pages that promote weight-loss products

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Instagram to block pages that promote weight-loss products

Instagram announced a new policy that will block, and sometimes remove, content promoting weight-loss or cosmetic procedures to younger teens.

Users known to be under 18 will now be blocked from seeing posts promoting the use of certain weight-loss products or cosmetic procedures and those that have an incentive to buy or includes a price.

Content that makes a miraculous claim about certain diet or weight loss products, and is linked to a discount code or other offer, will no longer be allowed and will be removed from the platform.

The changes come as the platform grapples with the impact of influencers promoting diet teas, supplements and certain cosmetic surgery.

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Instagram’s public Policy Manager, Emma Collins said in a statement that they 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.

While the change is being led on Instagram, the policy will also be in place on Facebook.