The Most Important Instagram Update: Saving Lives
Instagram has been releasing several updates lately including new filters, Instagram stories, etc., but they just released the most important of all: The update that can save lives.
This update allows you to help out a friend, possibly save a life, anonymously.
On October 17, Instagram released a new tool to flag posts that could lead to self-harm. After reporting a post, Instagram will reach out to whoever made the post and say, “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.” There are also options for the person to talk to a friend, contact a helpline, or get tips and support.
You will also be taken to this page, if you search a hashtag that could be associated with self-harm such as “thinspo” or “anorexic,” which have already been banned.
Now, many of you may think well I have never personally seen anyone post this, but #anorexic had over 2 million posts. That’s 2 million people dealing with or talking about this issue. Not only does this update help with eating disorders, but also suicide, depression and other mental health issues.
“We listen to mental health experts when they tell us that outreach from a loved one can make a real difference for those who may be in distress. At the same time, we understand friends and family often want to offer support but don’t know how best to reach out,” said Marne Levine, Instagram’s Chief Operation Officer told Seventeen. “These tools are designed to let you know that you are surrounded by a community that cares about you, at a moment when you might most need that reminder.”
So, if you didn’t know how to reach out to someone before, now you do. Instagram is trying to make a difference in the world, let’s help them out!
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