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Instagram adds tool for users to flag false information

Technology News from Sri Lanka: Instagram is adding an option for users to report posts they think are incorrect, the company announced on Thursday, as the photo-sharing site owned by Facebook (FB.O) is trying to curb misinformation and other abuses on its platform.

The posting of fake information on any of Facebook’s social media services suite is not prohibited, but the firm takes measures to restrict the reach of inaccurate information and inform consumers of contested allegations.

In May, Facebook began using image detection on Instagram to discover content debunked on its flagship app and extended its fact-checking third-party program to the app.

Results classified as fake are removed from places where consumers are searching for fresh material, such as the Explore tab and hashtag search findings from Instagram.

Facebook has 54 fact-checking partners operating in 42 languages, but the Instagram program is only running in the U.S.

“This is an original move as we are working towards a more extensive strategy to tackling misinformation,” Facebook spokeswoman Stephanie Otway said.

The scrutiny connected with its parent business, which is in the crosshairs of regulators over supposed efforts by Russia to spread misinformation around the 2016 U.S. presidential election, was mainly spared Instagram.

But an autonomous study commissioned by the Senate Select Intelligence Committee discovered it to be “maybe the most efficient platform” since the election for Russian actors attempting to spread false information.

Apparently, Russian agents shifted much of their activity to Instagram, where involvement outperformed Facebook, New Knowledge scientists wrote the study.

“Our evaluation is that on an continuing basis, Instagram will probably be a main battlefield,” they said.

Blocking health hoaxes, including articles attempting to dissuade individuals from getting vaccinated, has also come under pressure.

Last month, UK-based charity Full Fact, one of the fact-checking partners of Facebook, called on the business to provide more information on how flagged content is shared over time, expressing worries about the program’s efficacy.