INSTAGRAM FIGHTING FAKE NEWS
SOCIAL MEDIA GIANT TACKLING COVID-19 MISINFORMATION
INSTAGRAM HAS JOINED THE FIGHT TO PREVENT FAKE NEWS DURING THE CURRENT CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC.
The social media giant has partnered with the World Health Organisation (WHO) to counter the spread of misinformation and make sure communities are following appropriate healthy guidelines.
When users tap on a hashtag related to COVID-19, Instagram shows resources from the WHO and respective local health ministries, which are also available at the top of users’ feeds; posts that may be misleading are being sent to the platform’s fact-checking partners for review; hashtags being used to spread misinformation are being blocked and restricted; and ads exploiting the situation are being banned.
A spokesperson said: “We are thinking through a longer-term solution to help connect people searching COVID-19 related terms with credible information. In the meantime, we’re showing the accounts of leading health organisations in these searches to better connect people to credible resources.”
Instagram will no longer allow people to search for COVID-19 related AR effects on the platform, unless they were developed in partnership with a recognised health organisation.