Although Facebook’s fake news related problem on the platform still exists, the social networking giant has come a long way in the last couple of months to prevent the spread of fake news. And now, if the reports are correct, then the company is taking measures in the upcoming months on Instagram to avoid spread of fake news on the network.
While Instagram might not have the same problems as Facebook when it comes to spread of fake news, due to massive popularity of the platform, it might become popular to spread fake news in the coming years. As a result, Instagram is expected to start demoting posts which deemed to be spreading false information in the coming months.
In order to prevent fake news on the platform, the company will work with journalism non-profit Poynter. In a recent statement, Instagram spokeswoman Stephanie Otway said, “Our approach to misinformation is the same as Facebook’s — when we find misinfo, rather than remove it, we’ll reduce its distribution.”
If you aren’t aware, WhatsApp, another Facebook owned company also using similar features following recent updates where forwarded messages are labelled to ensure that recipient knows that the news might have come from other sources. Moreover, the app now allows users to use image search tools to ensure fact checking of an image shared using the popular messaging service.