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northernirelandworld.com 13 Jan, 2022 19:30 am

Influencers could be required to add disclaimer logo to edited images of their bodies

Influencers could be required to add disclaimer logo to edited images of their bodies
An MP is calling for new legislation requiring social media influencers to display a warning logo on digitally altered photos.

Woman on Metro scrolling through Instagram An MP is calling for new legislation requiring social media influencers to display a warning logo on digitally altered photos.The bill aims to tackle unhealthy and unrealistic deceptions of the way we look, which has been driven by digitally enhanced and altered social media photos from influencers, which have a range of consequences on body confidence and physical and mental health.Dr Evans told Sky News of the hugely negative impact digitally altered images of social media influencers are having on people.Dr Evans concluded the overall problem is that “if you doctor your image, make your biceps bigger, your waist slimmer - and there are multiple images reproduced across social media - the problem is you’re creating a perception that no matter what you do, when you go to the gym, no matter how good your diet is, you are never going to be able to reproduce that.

The same survey found that 51% of 7-10 year old girls feel "very happy" with how they look, but by age 11-16, when most start to use social media, this drops to just 16%.Mr Quinn told Sky News: "Whilst social media would not be the sole cause of an eating disorder developing, from the people we support we know that pressures to look a certain way can lower self-esteem and confidence.

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