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The body plays a crucial role in Instagram influencers’ selfies. https://pixabay.com/photos/adult-body-bra-woman-lingerie-1869735/

How highly sexualised imagery is shaping ‘influence’ on Instagram - and harassment is rife

A study of Instagram influencers has found most employ a highly sexualised aesthetic drawn from mainstream adult film. And many are subject to sexual harassment, ranging from aggressive comments to physical threats.
It is possible to limit your bombardment with images of bodies that feel way out of reach – so choose wisely who you follow. hannah grace / unsplash

Women can build positive body image by controlling what they view on social media

Do your Instagram viewing habits trigger joy or guilt? New research shows that viewing body positive content may actually improve women's body image – at least in the short term.
Hannah Shaw (Kitten Lady), with Instagram influencer BriAnne Wills (@girlsandtheircats) at a marketing event in New York, Feb. 2018. Loren Wohl for Fresh Step/AP

The ruthless pursuit of online ‘likes’ gives you nothing

Although some social media users are able to monetize their social media "likes," much of the pursuit of popularity amounts to nothing and instead turns us into pawns for political and commercial uses
Can an algorithm explain itself? Robot decision via shutterstock.com

Did artificial intelligence deny you credit?

A European Union law will require human-understandable explanations for algorithms' decisions. A team of researchers has found a way to provide that, even for complex calculations.
Esenna O'Neill’s dramatic departure from YouTube and Instragram was precipitated by her feelings of inauthenticity. Vimeo

When authenticity and advertising collide on social media

Essena O'Neill's dramatic rejection of her successful social media channels raises important questions about how advertising and sponsored posts are regulated on social media.

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