One of the most widely used image sharing sites and social media platforms, #Instagram, has a social responsibility to help users in need. Understanding this notion perfectly, the makers of Instagram have now implemented an algorithm within the app/site, which informs users who appear to be prone to depression or suicide to get counseling or help from their friends.
To make it accessible to a wider range of users, Instagram will automatically detect when the person is looking for something that is considered not normal (by the means of hashtags or search queries). When searching through posts for this hashtag, Instagram will show a popup to the user asking if they need help or support. Available options include talking to a friend or talking to a helpline. This move can also be triggered by reporting a particular user’s post or profile on Instagram, allowing Instagram to reach out to them right away.
In this case, the prompt will look something like this “Someone saw one of your posts and thinks you might be going through a difficult time. If you need support, we’d like to help.”
Little things like these could change the course of some people’s lives and we’re glad to know that Instagram has such a system in place now. Instagram has worked with the National Eating Disorders Association and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to come up with expert suggestions on the implementation of this feature.