Published: Sun, April 14, 2019
Technology | By Lionel Gonzales

Instagram Now Demotes Vaguely 'Inappropriate' Content

Instagram Now Demotes Vaguely 'Inappropriate' Content

Instagram is a popular video and image sharing platform for many. The platform helps its users monetize via sponsored posts or through other sources.

Instagram is taking new steps to limit the reach of content it deems "inappropriate".

In its latest attempt to weed out inappropriate posts, Instagram has become even harsher than before. Content that is considered in bad taste, lewd, violent or hurtful could also see a sharp decline in views.

These new changes come into effect along with a series of updates from Instagram's owner Facebook on managing problematic content.

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"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", Guy Rosen, Vice President of Integrity and Tessa Lyons, Head of News Feed Integrity, Facebook, wrote in a blog-post on Wednesday. According to Instagram, they are working to decrease spread of posts that are inappropriate, and get demoted post like that are sexually suggestive, but don't illustrate nudity or sex act.

Following in the footsteps of its parent company (Facebook), Instagram will now be restricting the reach of content that hardly complies with the community guidelines. "It's not something unique to Facebook but inherent in human nature".

Facebook's post coincided with a plethora of "integrity" announcements it made at a press event held in its Menlo Park headquarters, focusing on safeguarding its family of apps. "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". The new policy also aims to further tackle instances of clickbait, harassment, and fake news. 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. Also, you might not find them while surfing through a hashtag.

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