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Thu Jan 3, 2013, 09:07 PM

Instagram: Facebook App Under Fire for Promoting Anorexia

Source: IBT

Instagram, the mobile photo-sharing service, has sparked fresh controversy after failing to ban images encouraging anorexia and self-harming.

Eating disorder support charity Beat has accused the Facebook-owned app, which has more than 80 million users worldwide, of "promoting anorexia" after it allowed users to view pictures of emaciated girls and super-skinny celebrities.

More extreme photos on the app contain messages encouraging people to starve themselves. Users are also given the option of 'liking' the images.

Although the social networking site is heavily moderated against harmful images such as pornography, users on the hunt for pro-anorexia images can find them by simply searching for hashtags such as #ana and #thinspo.

One image uploaded on the app, which is popular with teenage girls, includes the caption: "Go back to school skinny and shock everyone."

Another disturbing photo reads: "I like the feeling of being faint. The little two-second blackouts whenever I stand up. It shows that it's working."

Other images focus on self-harming and show users with cuts to their arms. One caption reads: "I have more scars than friends."

A Beat spokesman said: "It's worrying that with the powerful medium of social networking and the growing popularity of phone apps such as Instagram, people are able to easily access images that encourage the individual to believe that an eating disorder is a lifestyle choice and to avoid treatment.



Read more: http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/420334/20130103/instagram-facebook-app-under-fire-promoting-anorexia.htm

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AlphaCentauri Jan 2013 OP
NRaleighLiberal Jan 2013 #1
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cosmicone Jan 2013 #3
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Response to AlphaCentauri (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 09:11 PM

1. this is utterly unspeakable.

as hard as I try, I can't find the words to describe the horror and anger that this elicits.

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Response to AlphaCentauri (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 09:18 PM

2. it's a free world

not alot they can do..

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Response to AlphaCentauri (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 09:48 PM

3. There is a market for a browser add-on software

that will make all skinny people chunky and all fat people emaciated depending upon a viewer's tastes.

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Response to AlphaCentauri (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 12:08 AM

4. It's user-supplied content...

The pics on there are uploaded from other users. Instagram/Facebook doesn't promote anorexia anymore than it promotes "duck-face".

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Response to AlphaCentauri (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 12:31 AM

5. You see where this is heading...

Promoting anorexia is demonstrably wrong, but this kind of pressure campaign becomes another step in legitimating the corporate Internet up as the speech police. Whether or not they respond -- they may not because unfortunately, anorexia seems to sell -- they are still turned into an authority over user content. And as Facebook becomes a tool for such control (which it already is and wants to be, e.g. with the recent banning of "conspiracy theory" sites, plus prudishness to the point of banning pics of breastfeeding mothers), the pressure will be on the ISPs to do the same. You won't have poisonous propaganda - or anything other than the Internet as a kind of Disnified corporate mall.

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