Since the beginning of filters, social media users have used the tool to give themselves an instant makeover. The variety of photo adjustments has made snapping selfies more fun. And while most of the filters are pure fun, a recent addition is being accused of encouraging body dysmorphia.
Instagram has decided to remove the filter because of controversy, but not everyone agrees with this decision.
Let's face it, we all love filters.
Whether it's turning ourselves into puppies or transforming our faces with flower crowns, filters are the fun way to be silly, or just to look like a more-airbrushed version of ourselves. The filters are usually harmless, with social media users simply wanting a different look for entertainment on their feeds or on their stories.
And now, amid controversy, Instagram is taking away the talked-about filter.
We want Spark AR effects to be a positive experience and are reevaluating our existing policies as they relate to well-being. While this happens, we’re doing the following:
Removing all effects associated with plastic surgery from the Instagram Effect Gallery.
Postponing approval of new effects associated with plastic surgery until further notice.
Continuing to remove policy-violating effects as they are identified.
Over the coming weeks, these steps will result in increased review times and a delay in effect approvals. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you or your team. For status updates on any effects that are in review, you can visit Spark AR Hub.