MP calls for ‘warning labels’ on influencers’ edited social media photos

Social media influencers should be asked to add a logo to photos as their appearance has been digitally altered significantly, according to a British MP.

Dr Luke Evans, a former attorney general turned Conservative MP, has introduced a digitally modified body image bill to Parliament, which he says requires people who are paid to post on social media (influencers, advertisers, broadcasters, etc.) To be “candid and honest” with the target audience. The bill would require major social networks to create the logo, which could then be added to edited posts.

Dr. Evans wants to apply the logo to publications where corpses and body parts have been modified to distort their realistic appearance. The MP for Bosworth in Leicestershire says heavily altered images on social media platforms are contributing to an increase in cases of eating disorders and body confidence issues.

He told Sky News: “One of the biggest things I’m concerned about is people trying to respond to an image they can’t actually access.

“Because, if you manipulate your image, make your biceps bigger, your waist slimmer – and there are multiple images being reproduced on social media – the problem is that you create the perception that no matter what you do, when you go to the gym, no matter how The quality of your diet, you will never be able to reproduce it.”

“I have no problem with people who aspire to be fit and healthy, but not in a distorted sense we can never achieve.”

Sky’s report notes that eating disorders and body malformation have increased dramatically during the pandemic. Between April and October of last year, there was a 41% increase in pedestrian admissions compared to the same period in 2022.

“51% of girls aged 7-10 feel ‘very happy’ with their appearance, but by age 11-16, when most girls start using social media, this percentage drops to just 16%,” the report says.

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