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Instagram now allows users to remove weight loss ads

August 19, 2022 - Friday 3:08 PM by Ryan Louis Mantilla

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Some ads are unnecessary, and here's why.

Seeing weight loss ads is dangerous by all means. While it appears harmless, it can promote a negative body image. But Instagram recently featured an option to allow users to remove such ads, boosting its fight for inclusivity.

While weight loss ads can benefit some users, they can also take a toll on others. Those kinds of ads aren't just for everyone, and so there should be an option for others to remove the ads from their sight. 

And with the recently updated Sensitive Content Control feature, Instagram users can now add "body weight control" to the list of prohibited advertisements, allowing them to swipe through their feeds without unnecessary weight-related ads from companies who couldn't care less. 

The social media giant explained that the prohibition of ads is not only limited to Instagram feeds. "In addition to Explore, you will now be able to control the amount of sensitive content and accounts you see in Search, Reels, Accounts You Might Follow, Hashtag Pages, and In-Feed Recommendations."

Here's how you can filter out weight-related ads from your Instagram 

1.) Click the three horizontal lines in the upper right corner, then click "Settings."
2.) After navigating the settings section, click "Ads," then proceed to "Ad topics."
3.) Click the "Search all topics" search button, then choose "Body weight control."
4.) Choose "See less" and viola! You are now negative body image ads-free! 

There have been multiple petitions denouncing the ads. However, while it is still unknown whether or not the latest update took inspiration from those who called out the platform, it is still a great start to remove the toxic culture of promoting negative body image entirely. 

Social media is, indeed, a dangerous place. But, together, we can make it a safe one! No matter how small the move may seem, a platform as giant as Instagram can indeed transcend a message. So, it is still a big win for people who have long fought for it. 



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