Instagram recently announced that it will reset its algorithm in the explore section. The decision to reset the algorithm is to stop the spread of harmful content. Instagram plans to stop the practice of recommending content which flirts with the boundaries of its own guidelines. The decision to do this comes after the social media platform was accused of exposing children to harmful content through its Explore section.
About Instagrams Decision to Rest Algorithms in Explore Section to Stop Spread of Harmful Content
According to Instagram, they will reset their Algorithm for the explore section to stop the spread of harmful content. This will include content that almost crosses the line between content that goes against their policies. They stated that such content will no longer be given the benefit of the doubt. Instagram will be blocking such content from its recommendation in its Explore feed and while browsing hashtags.
By doing this Instagram wants to make it hard for content in the grey area of inappropriateness to gain traction. Such grey area content will still be allowed to appear on the user’s personal feed as long as the user is following the account which posts its. According to the social media platform, they will be stopping grey area content like sexually suggestive posts, violent and graphic content. They will also be stopping content that’s deemed to be spam. The social media platform also plans to clamp down on content that spreads misinformation.
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Instagrams decision to clamp down on grey area content comes after the social media platform has been accused of exposing children to harmful content. There have been a series of high profile scandals in which children have been exposed to harmful content. The children were exposed to such content on the social media platform. Most notably the case of 14-year-old Molly Russell who committed suicide after viewing graphic content.