'Digital' plastic surgery is no longer a thing, thanks to the powers-that-be.
Filters that mimic the effects of plastic surgery may soon be disappearing from Instagram, thanks to a new policy which aims to tackle body dysmorphia.
Filters that mimic the results of plastic surgery have appeared to be on the rise as of late, and include options like Teresa Fogolari's "Plastica" filter or even Silich Masha's "Bad Botox" filter, which has been used 100 million times.
Spark AR took to its official Facebook page with a detailed statement on Friday, 18 October to say that they are "re-evaluating our existing policies as they relate to well-being."
The team will be "removing all effects associated with plastic surgery from the Instagram Effect Gallery, postponing approval of new effects associated with plastic surgery until further notice, and continuing to remove policy-violating effects as they are identified."
"At this time, we're not able to provide exact timing on the new policy rollout, but we’ll share updates as soon as we can. We appreciate your patience as we work to maintain a healthy AR ecosystem for creators and our entire community!" the post stated.
If Spark AR's statement is taken at face value, Daniel Mooney's "Fix Me" filter will almost certainly be on its way out, as it gives users bruising and markings related to actual process of plastic surgery, rather than just the results.
While it might seem excessive for a platform created solely to share images, a 2018 study showed that “exposure to idealized Instagram images (attractive peers, celebrities) has a detrimental impact on body image”.
Pair that with the opportunity to completely switch-up your face, and the effects are bound to intensify.
So while the platform will be removing filters, there's no timeframe on when they'll be disappearing or when creators should expect to see their filters approved or rejected for Instagram.