Instagram on Thursday aimed for the dissemination of misinformation on its platform, announcing that it would temporarily end users’ ability to view some recent posts on election days.
In Two tweets, Instagram said it would remove “recently” tabs from hashtag pages. Previously, users could view recent posts tagged with a particular hashtag. Now, only “top” posts will be viewable under a specific hashtag reviewed by the platform.
Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, said the changes were made to “reduce the real-time dissemination of potentially harmful content that could pop around the election.”
An Instagram spokesperson said the change occurred on Thursday night and that “recently” the tab will return after the election. The forum said that it hoped the change would help prevent it from spreading the wrong way, rather that one should wait until the lie had already been widely shared.
Nina Jankovic, a devolution analyst at the Vinson Center, said thanks to Instagram, a few days before the election, was “rather late”, but “better than nothing”.
“I hope that in the future, social media platforms will recognize that elections are an inflection point in disruptive campaigns, not the endpoint,” he said. For example, “Such a decision in the cycle has reduced the spread of voting misinformation.”
Ms Jankowicz said that misinformation circulating on Instagram was highly related QAnonBaseless pro-Trump conspiracy theories, and misinformation about California Senator Kamala Harris, Democratic vice presidential candidate.
The Instagram verdict marks a viral lie by Facebook and Twitter. Twitter recently added With reference to trending topic And De-emphasis retweeted Before the election, while Facebook said it would Ban political ads indefinitely. Both companies have added a few Labels for misleading posts And highlight the exact post-poll information Mounting alarm About a disputed election result and the possibility of chaos to follow.