Instagram to Downplay 'Inappropriate' Content; Facebook Messenger Gets Verified Badge, Messaging Settings

Instagram resets algorithms to stop the spread of harmful content

Instagram is one of the most popular photo-sharing platforms by Facebook. The platform helps its users monetize via sponsored posts or through other sources.

Instagram has begun demoting content it deems "inappropriate" even if such posts do not violate the app's rules. The main aim of the company is to remove contents that violate the company's policies and in this way, the company will reduce surfacing misleading and inappropriate contents on Instagram and on Messenger. "Similarly, if a meme doesn't constitute hate speech or harassment, but is considered in bad taste, lewd, violent or hurtful, it could get fewer views", Tech Crunch reported. Even if a post doesn't depict a sex act or nudity, it could still get demoted if it is sexually suggestive. Instagram clarified that any sexually provocative post shared on the app may still appear in Feed of the followers, but, it may not appear for the broader community.

At the current moment, the content demotions won't be extended to Instagram's feed and Stories, but this could change in the future. "It's not something unique to Facebook but inherent in human nature".

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In a blog post outlining the latest changes, Facebook's vice president of integrity Guy Rosen and head of news feed integrity Tessa Lyons said the updates aimed to "keep people safe and maintain the integrity of information that flows through the Facebook family of apps".

Facebook is also expanding the amount of content that will be reviewed by the Associated Press as a third-party fact-checker, and it is collaborating with outside experts on "new ways to fight" fake news on its platform, the company said in a statement today. "We use a variety of signals, for example, if an account has recently gone against our Community Guidelines, to determine which posts and accounts can be recommended to the community". It is said to add "Forwarding Info", and "Frequently Forwarded" features to its app soon. The "Forwarding Info" feature will reportedly allow a user to check how many times a message that you have sent to your friends has been forwarded.

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