Meta under the microscope on eating disorders

This story was published by The Australian on 29th March and was written by James Dowling.

Facebook and Instagram are putting the onus on eating disorder survivors to avoid content that can trigger their anorexia and bulimia, with their attempts to crack down on unhealthy posts failing, experts and advocates warn.

Independent MP Zoe Daniel held a social media and body image roundtable in September that brought parliamentarians and industry experts face to face with victims of eating disorders and led to the establishment of a ­working group to determine the most effective ways to combat harmful content, including considerations of reform to the Online Safety Act.

The group has four areas of reform focus: legislation, lived experience, research and analysis, and program interventions.

“This work is vitally important. Anorexia has the highest death rate of any mental illness. I ­promised I would fight for families experiencing this cruel and relentless illness. Making social media safer is a big part of it,” Ms Daniel said.

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