In an effort to combat the misinformation spread through photos and videos, Instagram adds the "False Information" warning to its platform.
Instagram further reinforces its anti-misinformation efforts and now automatically includes the labeling of some fake articles. Using a combination of user reports and automation, the suspicious content will be sent to independent auditors for review and labeled "False" if it proves to be false.
According to Instagram, the content will be labeled as potentially fake with "a combination of user community feedback and our technology". Then, if the freelance third parties recognize that the content is really fake, three things will happen:
- The photo or video will be removed from the Explore and Hashtag pages to "reduce its distribution"
- The photo will clearly be labeled "False Information" with a cover that does not allow you to view the photo or video directly.
- Anyone who tries to post the same photo will receive a warning that they are going to share false information.
The example Instagram set in its announcement was a widely used photo of a shark on a flooded Houston highway during Hurricane Harvey.
In addition to the three consequences shown above, accounts that are repeatedly flagged for sharing false information will be permanently removed from the Explore pages and hashtag tags.
This automatic tagging could help to combat some dissemination efforts. Maybe you will stop viewing old prank articles or fake science topics. This will not necessarily stop professional charlatans and foragers and will certainly not help you avoid false political ads that have flooded the internet. But it is a step in the right direction.
To find out more about this tagging system, read the full Instagram announcement here.