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Instagram bans misleading Covid-19 posts


DUBAI – Instagram announced on Wednesday (March 18) it is cracking down on misleading posts on the social networking site that serve misleading information on the coronavirus or Covid-19.

Instagram said the move is part of keeping the online community “safe and informed on Covid-19”.

“We’ve partnered with the World Health Organization (WHO) to encounter misinformation and ensure our community is following the appropriate health guidelines,” Instagram said in a statement.

How Instagram is cracking down on misleading posts:

1. Remove harmful misinformation related to new coronavirus

2. When users tap on a hashtag related to COVID-19, Instagram shows resources from the World Health Organisation and respective local health ministries, which are also available at the top of users’ feeds.

3. Send suspect posts for review to Instagram’s fact-checking partners

4. Block and restrict hashtags used to spread misinformation

5. Ban ads exploiting the situation

6. Disallow search for COVID-19 related AR filters on Instagram

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