The AR platform, Spark AR, which created the filter, released the statement on Facebook. Spark AR said they were evaluating the feature in relation to user welfare.
More specifically, the company also wants the users to have a positive experience after using any effects from the features developed by the Spark AR.
So, the company stated that they removed all of the effects related to plastic surgery from the Instagram Effect Gallery. Also delayed the approval of new effects related to the plastic surgery until further notice.
“At the moment, we cannot give the right time to launch new policy, but we will share updates as soon as possible,” said by the Spark AR spokesman on Independent, Wednesday (10/23).
Few of the Twitter social media users praised the decision to remove face surgery filters from Instagram.
“Instagram ban filters such as plastic surgery is the best news I have heard in a while,” wrote one of the Twitter user.
“Filters can be fun, but they can also affect the way you see yourself when you look in the mirror without a filter,” said by another of the Twitter user.
In August 2018, a JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery study found that facial filters in the apps lead to an event called “Snapchat dysmorphia“.
Director of the University of Boston Cosmetics and Laser Center, Dr. Neelan Vashi said the patients want plastic surgery to make them look like a filter ver of her on social media.
“Filtered selfies, especially, can have harmful effects on teen or those with BDD (body dysmorphic disorders). Because these groups may further internalize this beauty,” said by her.