IN­STA­GRAM FIGHT­ING FAKE NEWS

SO­CIAL ME­DIA GI­ANT TACK­LING COVID-19 MIS­IN­FOR­MA­TION

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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.

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