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Instagram Expands Self-Harm Ban to Memes and Cartoons

It's Instagram's response to the public outcry over the death of British teenager Molly Russell who killed herself in 2017

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According to Instagram, nothing is more important to it than the safety of people who use the platform, particularly the most vulnerable. Pixabay

To check more types of self-harm and suicide content, Facebook-owned Instagram has extended ban on graphical self-harm imagery that includes memes and cartoons.

It’s Instagram’s response to the public outcry over the death of British teenager Molly Russell who killed herself in 2017 after viewing graphic content on the photo sharing platform.

“We have expanded our policies to prohibit more types of self-harm and suicide content. We will no longer allow fictional depictions of self-harm or suicide on Instagram, such as drawings or memes or content from films or comics that use graphic imagery.

“We will also remove other imagery that may not show self-harm or suicide, but does include associated materials or methods,” Adam Mosseri, Head of Instagram, wrote in a blog post on Sunday.

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Instagram has extended ban on graphical self-harm imagery that includes memes and cartoons. Pixabay

According to Instagram, nothing is more important to it than the safety of people who use the platform, particularly the most vulnerable.

“Accounts sharing this type of content will also not be recommended in search or in our discovery surfaces, like ‘Explore’. And we’ll send more people more resources with localised helplines, like the Samaritans and PAPYRUS in the UK or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and The Trevor Project in the US,” Mosseri said.

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After Russell’s death, her family discovered she had been “suggested” disturbing posts on Instagram and Pinterest about anxiety, depression, self-harm and suicide, according to reports. (IANS)

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Social Media Giant Facebook Rolls Out Meme-Making App ‘Whale’

Facebook has quietly rolled out a meme-making app called 'Whale' on the Canadian App Store

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Facebook quietly launched meme-making app Whale. Pixabay

Social media giant Facebook has quietly rolled out a meme-making app called ‘Whale’ on the Canadian App Store that may come to other markets including in India later.

The app’s listing confirms that it has been developed by Facebook’s New Product Experimentation (NPE) team, which was set up earlier this year to develop new experimental apps for the social networking platform that has over 2.6 billion users globally.

‘Whale’ is the latest app from NPE, after music app ‘AUX’ and chat app ‘Bump’, reports The Information.

According to Facebook, these apps are intended to help the company discover new features and services that people like.

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According to Facebook, these apps are intended to help the company discover new features. Pixabay

Facebook is slowly launching apps in new genres beyond chats to woo more users and open new avenues to make money.

Facebook-owned Instagram has also launched a new video-music remix feature called “Reels” to take on Chinese short video making app TikTok.

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“Just like TikTok, users can soundtrack their ‘Reels’ with a huge catalog of music, or borrow the audio from anyone else’s video to create a remix of their meme or joke.

Rolled out in the Brazilian market first, “Reels” will be available on both iOS and Android. (IANS)