‘Oops’ Says Faceberg, Part Infinity

So lifelike.


“Instagram is giving politicians the same free rein to spread misinformation as its parent company Facebook. Instagram is expanding its limited fact-checking test in the U.S. from May and will now work with 45 third-party organizations to assess the truthfulness of photo and video content on its app. Material rated as false will be hidden from the Explore and hashtag pages, and covered with an interstitial warning blocking the content in the feed or Stories until users tap again to see the post. …

“One group that’s exempt from the fact checking, though, is politicians. Their original content on Instagram, including ads, will not be sent for fact checks, even if it’s blatantly inaccurate. This aligns with Facebook’s policy that’s received plenty of backlash from critics, including TechCrunch, who say it could let candidates smear their rivals, stoke polarization and raise money through lies. Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri has maintained that banning political ads could hurt challenger candidates in need of promotion, and that it would be tough to draw the lines between political and issue ads.”

Gotta keep that sweet, sweet ad money washing in. I don’t know why, but I expected Instagram to be immune from the ills of Facebook.

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2 Responses to ‘Oops’ Says Faceberg, Part Infinity

  1. YellowDog says:

    As long as they don’t show female nipples, politicians can post anything they want on Instagram without question. Neither errata nor erotica are allowed.

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  2. roket says:

    I suggest a new motto for both Facebook & Instagram: “Give me an Oligarchy or give me death.”


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