Is Instagram making the jump from social media platform to publisher?
In a press release on July 8, Instagram announced a new content policy designed to stop “hate speech.” Users will be warned when they post a comment or an update that might be considered “offensive.” An algorithm would monitor content before posting.
The company said, “This intervention gives people a chance to reflect and undo their comment and prevents the recipient from receiving the harmful comment notification.”
The person who was on the receiving end of the “hateful” comment can use a “restrict function.” This function will limit interaction between the users.
Instagram says it is taking these measures because people do not block, unfollow, or report bullies out of fear of “escalat[ing] the situation.” Users who have been restricted will not be able to see when the restrictor is on the platform, and when their direct messages have been read.
People have found ways around these protection systems. According to TheNextWeb, “people use different tricks like using symbols or alternative spellings to fool the AI and post abusive comments.” Instagram has not stopped this.
The platform has taken measures in the past to silence conservatives. It uses “fact-checkers.” When Politifact looked into the matter, they found their checking of Conservatives is “deeply distorted”.
The claim of “Hate speech” is now another weapon at Instagram’s disposal. Just another reason added to a long list of why Conservatives should tread lightly when using big tech platforms.