It’s time to say goodbye to our instant facelift, jaw shave, and lip injections as Instagram is getting rid of the plastic surgery-esque filters that have taken everyone by storm.
The rise in Instagram face-altering filters has put the social media app in quite the bind (again) and we’re not surprised.
Although such filters are such a hit amongst users, Spark AR has announced plans to ban filters that have a plastic surgery-esque aesthetic in an attempt to combat the spread of body dysmorphia on the app.
The company posted a statement to Facebook that read,
“We want Spark AR effects to be a positive experience and are re-evaluating our existing policies as they relate to well-being,”
It further mentions that they will: 1. remove filters associated with plastic surgery, 2. postpone the approval of any new ones, and 3. continue to remove as many policy-violating filters as they’re identified.
There are a number of filters like Beautiful face and Plastics which mimicked the effects of plastic surgery; however, the filter Fix Me is the most controversial as it shows how a cosmetic surgeon would plan your surgery – marking your face and showing the results.
Instagram is under constant fire due to its effects on users’ mental health and well-being, and these filters will only add fuel to the fire.
Spark AR has not released a statement regarding when the plastic-surgery filter take-down will be in full effect. So make the most of your time with the filters… I guess?
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