Instagram bans self-harm posts


Facebook owned Instagram is set to ban photographs and accounts that show “self-harm” behavior.

“Self-harm” behavior is defined as eating disorders, cutting oneself, committing suicide or anything that falls under those same categories.

According to the company, “Going forward, we won’t allow accounts, images or hashtags dedicated to glorifying promoting, or encouraging self-harm. Should users come across content of that nature, we recommend flagging the photo or flagging the users as a “Terms of Service” violation for our Support team to review.”

“It is important to note that this guideline does not extend to accounts created to constructively discuss, or document personal experiences that show any form of self-harm where the intention is recovery or open discussion. While we strongly encourage people to seek help for themselves or loved ones who are suffering, we understand the importance of communication as a form of support, in order to create awareness and to assist in recovery.”

Other photo sharing sites such as Tumblr have already banned self-harm blogs. Pinterest has also prevented their users from posting such photographs.

Tumblr said, We are deeply committed to supporting and defending our user’s freedom of speech, but we do draw some limits.”

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