#Privacy: Instagram to remove coronavirus-related content 


Instagram will be removing coronavirus-related content and accounts from its “explore” page and recommendations. 

In a blog post, Instagram announced that it’d remove COVID-19 accounts from recommendations unless posted by a credible health organisation. 

“To prevent people from exploiting this public health emergency we’ve already put several new policies into effect. We prohibited misleading ads for products that refer to COVID-19 in ways intended to create urgency, guarantee cures or prevent people from contracting it, and we have temporarily banned advertisements and branded content that promote certain medical supplies, including face masks. In addition, we removed the ability to search for COVID-19 related AR effects unless they were developed in partnership with a recognized health organization,” said Instagram. 

In addition, to help users access accurate information, the platform will include more educational resources in Instagram search and add stickers to promote accurate information.

Instagram added: “We will also start to downrank content in feed and Stories that has been rated false by third-party-fact checkers.”

Last week, Twitter announced its plans to combat the misinformation of the global pandemic by barring users from posting misleading information, broadening its definition of harm to address content that directly goes against guidance from authoritative sources, and by increasing its use of machine learning and automation. 

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