- Instagram will from Friday ban any content promoting LGBT conversion therapy, the company informed the BBC.
- Conversion treatment applies to any practice which declares it can “cure” people of their sexual preference or gender identity. It has actually been extensively decried as false, dishonest, and harmful by medical bodies.
- Instagram currently prohibited advertisements for conversion therapy previously this year.
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Instagram has actually taken the choice to prohibit any content promoting so-called “conversion therapy” on its platform.
Conversion treatment is the name offered to any practice which purports that individuals can be “treated” of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Previously in 2020, Instagram said it would prohibit any advertisements promoting conversion therapy.
” We do not allow attacks versus individuals based on sexual orientation or gender identity and are updating our policies to prohibit the promotion of conversion therapy services,” Instagram’s EMEA public policy director Tara Hopkins told the BBC on Friday.
Instagram informed the BBC that while the ban would come into effect on Friday, it will take time to upgrade its policies and so some content flagged by users might not be instantly removed.
Instagram’s decision followed a current campaign by activists in the UK to get the government to adhere to a promise it made in 2018 to prohibit the practice.
In June, independent specialist on sexual orientation and gender identity Victor Madrigal-Borloz called for a global ban on conversion therapy in a report sent to the UN