What comes in your mind when you think about the use of Instagram? To some, it is just about taking beautiful pictures and videos and sharing them with others. But that is not all the network is about. Today, Instagram has devised methods to protect users from bad actors. Now you can work freely without worrying much about bullies, miss-informers, and some content that may be controversial.
To make it even better, Instagram has recently announced some great safety updates. They are focused on protecting the user and giving them more voice, especially where decisions affecting them are made. Now, people can appeal on some of the decisions the company makes to take posts down.
Over the next few months, a new in-app interface will give Instagrammers the ability to see for the second opinion on their post. According to the head of policy, Karina Newton, this is a way to ensure the users are not judged too harshly. The post will go through different moderators from Facebook, and if there would be found an era in the way it was removed, it would be restored visibility. The users will still receive notification even if they don’t restore the post.
Handling misinformation on vaccines
There has been a lot of misinformation in the medical realm. For instance, one could find large volumes of content on pages featuring false information about vaccines. Instagram will look at the hashtag and lock it into a top-only post. In such cases, the non-recent update will appear, decreasing its visibility. This theory is still on the pilot and will extend to other genres once it has proved good.
Misinformation about issues such as vaccines causing autism has been making rounds on Instagram. And since they have confirmed from agencies such as the Center for Disease Control and WHO that this is not true, such information is locked. Using an automated system, scores of information is checked and classified against prohibited content. There are “text-matching banks” with words that have been banned, and the system will search contented with such.
Once the AI confirms the integrity of a post, it will either keep or take it down. Then, it will check hashtags in which the content is included and take action on them.
Instagram also addressed another major challenge this week. In the past, a decision to take down a post was based on the percentage of the content that violates policies. This will not be the case anymore. Instead, a tally of all publications will determine if there is something that violates a stipulated period. Newton says this will favor users with large volumes of posts, as well as it will prevent bad actors from messing.
Several new tests, including safety, have been announced at F8. For instance, instead of having to take down a post, the system will automatically block posting content with potentially hateful texts.
Instagram has been at the forefront of fighting to bully, hate speech, graphic content, drugs, and misinformation. Even before this announcement, it had already shown its strong involvement in the youth culture. And Newton confirms that Instagram continues researching on policies that protect the user.