Fake News on Instagram

Instagram to Roll Out ‘False Information’ Labels to Keep Fake News in Check

Sherin Sebastian
Sherin Sebastian/October 23, 2019

Facebook announces that it’s introducing ‘flag information’ to stop fake news from going viral on Instagram. The rollout is a part of strict measures the social media giant has taken to eradicate the problem of fake news on social media. 

With the new update, the platform will add “false information” labels to hide posts that have been banned by Facebook’s fact-checkers. This will appear in stories and Instagram’s main feed starting from next month. Though users can see the original post, they have to click “see post” to find more information. 

In an effort to stop abuse and election interference on Facebook, they’ve been making significant efforts since 2016 to better track new threats, close vulnerabilities and reduce the spread of viral misinformation and fake accounts. 

Also, users will get notified if they try to share a post that has been previously warned by Facebook. Posts, if shared, will appear with the label “false information”. 

The report shows that the Instagram social media platform was the most effective tool used by the IRA to conduct its information operations campaign.

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