News from Instagram said in December last year that they will soon introduce a feature that will inform about false information over the application. This feature implements the fact-checker technology that checks the misinformation.
The problem arrived as some digital content is manipulated as false information and hiding photos from digital artists and photographers from the Explore and hashtag pages.
The photo taken by Christopher Hainey and digitally altered by artist Ramzy Masri, does have a history of going viral with misinformation attached to it. The false information warning links to an article from fact-checking website NewsMobile, which debunks the numerous Instagram posts that shared the photo as “Death Valley National Park.”
Moreover, Instagram says that the users shouldn’t panic over this feature it will not trigger to genuine contents and photoshops. just the ones that have been identified by fact-checking websites as false. But though the feature may be useful for combating the spread of misinformation, it does have the potential to be an obstacle for digital artists who want their work to be seen.
Since Facebook and Instagram are always in criticism for the spread of false and misleading information over their platform. Thus this feature will help users to get only useful information.
“We will treat this content the same way we treat all misinformation on Instagram,” Mark Zuckerberg
If third-party fact-checkers mark it as false, we will filter it from Instagram’s recommendation surfaces like Explore and hashtag pages. Hopefully, this improves the experience of the users.