Instagram made changes to its algorithm after it was accused of censoring pro-Palestinian content


Instagram, owned by Facebook, changed its algorithm after one a group of his employees reportedly complained that pro-Palestinian content was not visible to users during the Gaza conflict. Instagram usually shows original content in its stories before reposting the content, but will now start giving equal weight to both, the company confirmed. The edge on Sunday.

As reported by BuzzFeed News and the Financial timesthe Instagram employee group had made numerous calls about content censored by Instagram’s automated moderation, such as posts about the accidental removal of the al-Asqa Mosque. According to the employees, the censorship was not intentional FT, but one said that “moderation is widely biased against marginalized groups”.

The change isn’t just a response to concerns about pro-Palestinian content, a Facebook spokesman said in an email. The edge, but the company realized how the app worked – bubbling up messages that it thinks users care about most – led people to believe it was suppressing certain views or topics. “We want to be very clear – this is not the case,” said the spokesman. “This applied to any post reshared in Stories, regardless of what it is about.”

Twitter, Facebook and Instagram have been criticized in recent weeks for whether or not they have surfaced content surrounding the Israel-Palestine conflict. Earlier this month Twitter restricted a Palestinian writer’s account, which was later said to have been done ‘by accident’. And Instagram eventually apologized after many accounts were cannot post Palestine-related content for several hours on May 6, a move that head of Instagram Adam Mosseri tweeted was due to a ‘technical error’.

Instagram says it has repeatedly heard from users who say they are more interested in original stories from close friends than people who reshare other people’s photos and posts. That’s why it prioritized original stories, the spokesperson said. “But there has been an increase – not just now but in the past – in the number of people re-sharing posts, and we’ve seen a greater than expected impact on the reach of these posts,” said the spokesman. “Stories that reshare feed posts aren’t getting the reach people expect from them, and that’s not a good experience.”

The spokesperson added that Instagram still believes users want to see more original stories, so we’re looking at how to focus stories on original content through new tools.