According to the British Royal Society for Public Health, a survey was conducted last year and it showed that Instagram was ranked as the worst social media platform for well-being and overall mental health.
The social media platform is famous for photo and video sharing. At times, some of the photo and video sharing can result in negative body image and cyber-bullying.
Instagram has taken notice and they want to make some changes. An entire team of people are working hard to ensure that people feel better about themselves. Appropriately dubbed the "Well-being Team," the team is focused on the well-being of the Instagram community. Instagram spokesperson Eva Chen had this to say about the Well-being Team:
"Making the community a safer place, a place where people feel good, is a huge priority for Instagram. I would say one of the top priorities."
So, how will Instagram cut down on negative well-being?
Instagram plans to fortify the offensive comment filters by automatically hiding the inappropriate comments. Also, users will have the capability to create their own filters for comments. Instagram will also implement a team that will review anonymous reports of people who may require mental health support. Those that need mental health support will be connected with organizations that can help others feel better about themselves.
Outside of Evan Chen, Instagram has not commented on these changes, as they are still in development.
Readers: Have you been cyber-bullied on Instagram? Do you think these changes will make a difference? Let me know in the comments below.
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