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Experts say Norway's retouched photo law won't help fight body image issues among youth

In an effort to fight the potentially harmful effect of unrealistic beauty standards on mental health, Norway recently became the latest country to pass regulations targeting manipulated images. The new legislation will require social media influencers and advertisers to attach a disclaimer label to retouched images. Violations will be punishable by fines.

On its face, the measure appears to be a promising move motivated by good intent: to protect the public, especially younger people, from psychological harm. A 2016 study found that exposure to doctored Instagram selfies "directly led to lower body image" among participating adolescent girls. What's more, the girls who saw the edited photos rated them as more pretty or attractive than the unedited images and believed they were realistic, the researchers wrote...

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