Norway now requires influencers to declare retouched photos on Instagram

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    In a bid to fight unrealistic beauty standards, a new law demands that users include a disclaimer on adverts featuring edited bodies and faces

    New regulations from Norway’s Ministry of Children and Family Affairs make it illegal for influencers and advertisers to share retouched photos on social media, in an attempt to curb unrealistic beauty ideals.

    Passing by a landslide earlier this month — with 72 votes in favour of the change, versus 15 against — the law will require images in which the subject’s body size, shape, or skin have been altered, either before or after the photo is taken, to carry a label designed by the government ministry. Examples of the affected alterations include edited waistlines, enlarged lips, and manipulated muscles.

    The law will only affect advertisements or images used for promotional purposes. However, this does include pics shared by influencers and celebrities — on platforms including InstagramTikTokFacebookSnapchat, and Twitter — if they “receive any payment or other benefits” from the posts.

    Obviously, the internet has long debated the effect of technology such as filters and facetuning on beauty standards. Previously, this has influenced Getty Images’ decision to ban photos of retouched models from its image database. France also introduced legislation that requires fashion magazines to declare retouched images back in 2017.

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