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How Instagram ‘traps’ people with eating disorders in a ‘vicious cycle of content’

Apps like Instagram and TikTok have been accused of keeping everyone out of eating disorders despite new ‘safeguards’ tools being introduced.

Both TikTok and Instagram have released mental health resources in recent months, but experts don’t think this is enough to tackle the problem.

Algorithms designed to show you more content they think you want to see, even if it's triggering you

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Algorithms designed to show you more content they think you want to see, even if it’s triggering youCredit: Getty

Based on Cnet“People with eating disorders can get stuck in a vicious cycle of content related to eating disorders,” says Dr. and lose weight.”

He told the newspaper that sometimes hospital staff have to stay away from patients accessing social media so they can recover.

The leak of internal documents from Facebook shows that the company has found that 33% of Instagram users and 11% of Facebook users think the app makes their body image problems worse.

More than 50% of Instagram users say they are not satisfied with their body.

Meta, formerly Facebook, concludes in the documents: “Overall, there is substantial evidence that the use of Instagram and Facebook may increase body dissatisfaction.”

Experts attribute the “vicious cycle” of content to the algorithms on TikTok and Instagram.

If someone struggling with their weight wants to find information about it on one of the platforms, they will be shown content similar to this by an algorithm that selects their ‘preferences’. surname.

The more you search for a certain topic, the more that type of content will be pushed your way.

This can lead to feeds filled with harmful content.

Algorithms are designed to optimize and keep you on an app longer by ‘learning’ your preferences, even if they may be harmful to you.

Critics say this can come at a heavy cost for those struggling with eating disorders or other mental health issues.

If you start seeing triggering content on Instagram or TikTok, there are ways to flag this content to the app so the algorithm is taught to show you fewer such posts.

On the TikTok app, you have to long-press a video and click “Not Interested”.

On the Instagram app, you can unfollow active accounts or click the three dots in the upper-right corner of a post and click “Not Interested”.

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Caroline Bleakley

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