Instagram to remove plastic surgery filters

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by Josh Hall

Instagram is set to remove filters that promote plastic surgery, as part of a drive to prevent damage to mental wellbeing on the platform.

AR filters that mimic or promote dramatic plastic surgery, such as the 'Plastica' effect, have grown in popularity on Instagram, but with them have come concerns about the impact on users' mental health.

As The Next Web report, the platform has now said that it will remove all filters that allow this sort of behaviour.

Earlier this year Instagram launched the Spark AR Creators product, allowing invited influencers to build their own AR filters.

In a blogpost, the department said it now wants to ensure filters are "a positive experience and [it is] re-evaluating its existing policies as they relate to well-being.”

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