Instagram joins Facebook in fight against fake news

Independent fact-checkers will help Instagram label posts as false

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Instagram takes on fake news (screenshot of Instagram blog).

Instagram takes on fake news (screenshot of Instagram blog).

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Instagram joined its parent company Facebook Monday (Dec. 16) in telling its users whether a post was true or false.

Tools against fake news and hate speech have already been in use by Facebook due to fears of political interference in democratic elections, mainly by Russia.

Independent fact-checkers will review posts on Instagram and add notices if they find them to be fake, though the original post or picture will still be seen, reported website 9to5mac.com on Monday.

Analyses by the fact-checkers will also be visible, and users will be asked if they want to share a post even though it has been reported as fake. Each time it is reposted, Instagram will recognize it with help from artificial intelligence technology, according to 9to5mac.

In addition to fake news, the system will also hunt down hate speech, offensive messages, and bullying. Before Instagram refers an item to its fact-checkers for analysis, it will rely on feedback from users, the social media company reported on its blog.