July 15, 2020
Instagram Hiding Faked Images on its Explore Page Deemed False by Fact Checkers

Instagram is Now Hiding Altered Images which Appear Fake from its Explore Page and Digital Artists might be Affected Most

Instagram is obscuring faked photos posted on its Explore page, marked by third-party fact checkers, and it might unintentionally hurt digital artists…

Popular Facebook social subsidiary Instagram announced back in December it would start blocking false information on its platform. While a worthwhile initiative, it’s now ensnaring content that doesn’t apply.

Instagram Hiding Faked Images on its Explore Page Deemed False by Fact Checkers

Instagram is hiding images deemed fake by third-party fact checkers from its Explore page. Although users would welcome such a change, it’s not flagging content that is the product of digital artists. 

Photographer Toby Harriman first discovered the false information warning on a piece of art, according to PetaPixel.

The image in question was first captured by photographer Christopher Hainey. Then, artist Ramzy Masri digitally altered it. Thereafter, it went viral, being sent around with misinformation. It eventually was flagged as fake.

Now, the same scenario could cause the work of other digital artists to also come under the same scrutiny on Instagram. Such situations serve as a reminder that every solution breeds new problems.

“We want you to trust what you see on Instagram. Photo and video based misinformation is increasingly a challenge across our industry, and something our teams have been focused on addressing. In May of this year, we began working with third-party fact-checkers in the US to help identify, review, and label false information. These partners independently assess false information to help us catch it and reduce its distribution.”

Ashley Lipman

Ashley Lipman is a super-connector with Outreachmama who helps businesses find their audience online through outreach, partnerships, and networking.

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