Instagram is hiding Photoshopped photos

Instagram is hiding Photoshopped photos

We use Photoshop to erase that imperfection on the face that ruins our picture and to slim the legs that we left too much uncovered and that we don't like in photos and take away some years (and some wrinkles). But maybe now it's not a good idea anymore.

After the initial enthusiasm - which lasted 10 years, since the foundation of Instagram in 2010 - the social network of the image par excellence is beginning to take note of the consequences that its content has on users. We are talking, for example, about the rampant phenomenon of dysmorphophobia, but also about Instagram face. We are talking, in essence, about all those more or less glossy images that we use more or less distractedly every day and that, whether we want to or not, influence our perception of ourselves and ourselves in relation to others. A first step in this awareness was taken at the end of last year, when Instagram had declared that it wanted to abolish beauty filters that simulated the effects of plastic surgery. Today, the social network owned by Facebook has gone further, announcing that it intends to ban photoshopped (i.e. modified with Photoshop) photos on Instagram.
"We want you to trust what you see on Instagram," reads the announcement published on the official website of the platform. "Photos and videos based on misinformation are a growing challenge in our industry, which our teams are trying to remedy. That is why we have decided to expand our fact-checking program and mark fake content". How does Instagram determine when content is true or false? "We use a combination of technology and feedback from users in our community," they explain from the platform, using the example of the photo - clearly photoshopped - of a shark's view from a car window.

Only a few fashion influencers and models, after years of omission, have claimed to have resorted to Photoshop, many others continue to claim to be immune to online touch-ups, but the most attentive users are now able to find out what is modified in Instagram photos and fashion magazines. The excessive use of Photoshop sometimes leads the stars to some small mistakes that the haters are ready to catch.
Among the Instagram accounts that reveal the original photos of the stars there is @s0cialmediavsreality which reaches almost 50 thousand followers and every day publishes images of celebrities comparing reality shows vs Instagram. Among the most "affected" by the site is the Kardashian family, the young sisters often resort to online editing by retouching the size of the nose, lips and b-side. The Celebface online page reaches a million followers and reveals all the tricks used by the stars to make their bodies perfect. The site also shared a photo before and after of Kate Middleton, the face of the Duchess of Cambridge was in fact much brighter and with fewer wrinkles thanks to Photoshop. Curvy models Diana Sirokai and Callie Thorpe opposed the online touch-ups and unveiled the before and after of their photos posted on fashion covers and socials. The reason for this? Simple. To encourage women to show themselves as they are without having to use Photoshop. An example to follow is the curvy model Ashley Graham who doesn't hide the flaws common to all of us women such as cellulite and stretch marks, on the contrary she has made it her hallmark. Yes, it is not all gold that shines and never as in this case is the proverb true. The stars who always show themselves to be perfect and inimitable with a smooth face and a dreamy physique have only one secret of beauty: to use Photoshop.

If, on the one hand, Instagram's choice to obscure false and therefore potentially dangerous content is a precious form of protection for the end user, for some accounts or artists who have made retouched or surreal photos their own raison d'être the measure could be penalizing. "On the surface, this is progress against misinformation, but for many creatives it is a potential barrier to the circulation of their art," argues i-D Magazine. As is already the case for the wording "sensitive content", in the coming months you will see the label "false content" appear on the images that populate your feed, accompanied by an in-depth examination "see why".

Do you and your language exchange friends use Instagram? Let us know in the comments if you post a lot of photos and if you use Photoshop.

Written by: Martina Sassi, Staff Writer
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