Instagram will block hashtag pages full of vaccine misinfo

TechCrunch | 5/9/2019 | Staff
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Instagram will begin blocking vaccine-related hashtag pages when content surfaced on a hashtag page features a large proportion of verifiably false content about vaccines. If there is some violating content but under that threshold, Instagram will lock a hashtag into a “Top-only” post where Recent posts won’t show up to decrease visibility of problematic content. Instagram says that it will test this approach and expand it to other problemaic content genres if it works.

Instagram says now that health agencies are confirming that VACCINES DO NOT CAUSE AUTISM, it’s comfortable declaring that information contradicting that is verifiably false, and can be aggressively demoted on the platform.

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One other new change announced this week is that Instagram will no longer determine whether to suspend an account based on the percentage of their content that violates policies, but by a tally of total violations within a certain period of time. Otherwise, Newton says “It would disproportionately benefit those that have a large amount of posts” because even a large number of violations would be a smaller percentage than...
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