Instagram’s Update: You are Allowed To Help People Anonymously

If You Detect A Possible Eating Disorder And Suicidal Thoughts Happening, You Can Do Something

Instagram’s Update: You are Allowed To Help People Anonymously

October 18th, 2016

It’s not a surprise to learn that Social media affects some positively and negative- there’s a little bit of everything. From one perspective you can share moments publicly and express yourself and show off what you love to do on your free time, plus creating new connections.

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However, at the same time, it has become a battleground for haters and bullies. Lucky for everyone Instagram identified the need for change in this subject, so the. Not too long ago it was announced the upcoming feature that will allow you to turn off some type of comments or take them off automatically. Now, Instagram is making another major change, they gave away a new option to address posts.

The new feature allows users to flag posts that seem like it could lead to self-harm. Once a post is reported, Instagram reaches out to whoever posted it with options for support resources and the caption “Someone saw one of your posts and thinks you might be going through a difficult time.  If you need support, we’d like to help.”

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They’re separated into three divisions: talk to a friend—someone you know and trust—contact a helpline, or get advice and support. Best of all, you can anonymously report posts so you don’t have to stress about giving up your friendship to get your friend help.

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Instagram sought for professional advice when creating the feature. They consult it with the National Eating Disorders Association and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to find the perfect wording. The key point in this situation is to understand that it is always okay to reach out for help when you need it. There is certainly nothing wrong with asking for help, and the stigma around mental illness is hopefully little by little becoming less often in our social media era where many people currently go to platforms- like Twitter- to find support.

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It makes sense, the new tool was launched on the first ever National Body Confidence Day– October 17.

 


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