Instagram has announced it will start demoting inappropriate content which does not directly violate its community standards…
Instagram Demoting Inappropriate Content, including Offensive and Sexually Explicit Posts
The Facebook subsidiary joins its parent company in a slew of new initiatives to further police their platforms. Now, Instagram will not only purge content that violates its Community Standards, but also, posts which are considered inappropriate:
“We have begun reducing the spread of posts that are inappropriate but do not go against Instagram’s Community Guidelines, limiting those types of posts from being recommended on our Explore and hashtag pages. For example, a sexually suggestive post will still appear in Feed if you follow the account that posts it, but this type of content may not appear for the broader community in Explore or hashtag pages.”
What this means is certain images and videos, which don’t technically go against the site’s Community Standards won’t make it into the main feed. Furthermore, it won’t appear in the Explore section or on hashtag pages, either.
Instagram‘s product lead for Discovery, Will Ruben, told TechCrunch it is using machine learning and human moderators to identify and label borderline content.