Instagram is one of the biggest social networking platforms to share photos. As the network has grown significantly over last couple of years, photographers and other creatives use Instagram to reach more clients. However, if a recent change goes through, then it might get difficult to find customers through the platform.
According to a new report, Instagram is currently labelling photoshopped images with ‘false information’. photographer Toby Harriman discovered the new feature after he was scrolling through his Instagram feed. The image in question was an image of a man standing on a rainbow-colored mountain.
While surprising, Instagram’s decision to introduce such feature shouldn’t come off as a major shock. Instagram’s parent company, Facebook has been struggling with fake information on the social network for a long time. However, if Instagram goes into such details to mark an image as fake news, it will make showcasing artworks significantly difficult on the platform.
In an official statement, Facebook said, “We don’t hide content because it’s photoshopped, we apply a label when a fact-checker has rated it. Upon review from the fact checker, they changed the rating, so it is no longer being labelled as false on Instagram and Facebook.”
As it is still early days, it’s more than likely that the fact checking algorithm will go through major changes over the next couple of years. When it does, it’s likely that the algorithm will be able to distinguish between artworks and images conveying false information.