As of this week, Instagram will work with Facebook’s fact-checkers to control the false news and conspiracy theories spread on the platform.
“Instagram is planning to add pop-up windows that appear every time a person searches for a conspiracy theory.”
Since last year, both social networks have been working together to control the problem of misinformation throughout the company. For example, they have improved their image recognition algorithm, so that it is able to identify if a false image published on Facebook is also on Instagram, and vice versa.
By simplifying the process of reviewing content on both platforms, Facebook fact-checkers are easier to locate the published bulletins and submit them to a digital verification process.
However, Instagram has announced that it will not remove this problematic content. The social network will follow the same Facebook line and will simply reduce the dissemination of publications with disinformation, removing them from the “Explore” section and the hashtags listings.
In addition, Instagram is planning to add pop-up windows that appear every time a person searches for a conspiracy theory or false news.
This measure could be quite useful, however, it may not be effective enough to generate a real impact. That is why some people have suggested that labels or notices be added when an image, or the news it shows, is disproved.
Some users have even asked for warnings to be included every time someone wants to comment or “like” a publication that contains misinformation.
These Instagram improvements are part of an attempt by Facebook to claim the trust of its users and fulfill its promise to regulate the virtual space.
Like Facebook, other social networks such as Twitter and WhatsApp have also tried to regulate their platforms, but it seems that, as pointed out by the European Union, the efforts are still not enough.