April 7, 2021
Instagram Reviewing Policies and Algorithms

Instagram is Asking itself Tough Questions about its Policies and Algorithms

Instagram’s CEO Adam Mosseri says the company will take a good look at its operations to ensure fairness and address shadowbanning claims…

Race relations and minority voices have risen as a hot button topic over the last couple of weeks. Such dynamics have caused society to take a introspective look. That trend includes social media entities. Places where users are discussing how to improve race relations. And, in turn, social media companies are mulling over how to better serve minority voices.

Instagram Reviewing Policies and Algorithms

Adam Mosseri, the head of Facebook subsidiary Instagram, recently released a statement explaining the network would reexamine how they handle account verification. (Along with this, harassment claims and alleged algorithm biases among minority users.) This news comes after years of complaints about shadowbanning minority content. Moreover, allowing the community to potentially be susceptible to harassment:

“The irony that we’re a platform that stands for elevating Black voices, but at the same time Black people are often harassed, afraid of being ‘shadowbanned’, and disagree with many content takedowns, is not lost on me.”

The company states it will specifically look at ways to make the verification process more inclusive. Plus, possible biases within algorithms. Although, it isn’t known how the company will address such issues. Or, even what changes might be made to the algorithm. But, the social site is promising to be more transparent about content banning in the future.

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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