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Instagram to Get Appeal Option for Post Take-downs

The photo-messaging app has also decided to run viral posts surfacing its platform through Facebook fact-checkers in order to combat hate, conspiracy theories and misinformation spreading on its app

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Instagram app logo is displayed on a mobile screen in Los Angeles. VOA

Combining human reviewers as well as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Facebook-owned photo-messaging app Instagram is planning to roll out a new feature that would let users appeal to take down controversial content and allow them to request a review of any content that was taken down, all from within the app.

To ensure thorough inspection of the content in question, any appeal for a post take-down would be sent to a completely different reviewer than the one who made the original decision, in order to ensure that the posts are thoroughly inspected, Engadget reported on Tuesday.

According to Instagram, an in-app appeal tool would first launch to report just individual posts starting with nudity and then expand to other areas later on.Down the road, the feature would also be usable for dormant profiles, or accounts that have already been removed from the app.

The photo-messaging app, with over one billion global users, also said it would make sure to restore any post that could have been taken down on account of wrong reviewing.

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Facebook, Messenger and Instagram apps are displayed on an iPhone, March 13, 2019, in New York. VOA

Plans about the feature were discussed at a company- media briefing held in New York City, the post said.

During Facebook’s F8 conference held last week, Instagram admitted to have been developing a text and media-matching technology that could proactively remove posts trying to spread fake news on its platform.

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The photo-messaging app has also decided to run viral posts surfacing its platform through Facebook fact-checkers in order to combat hate, conspiracy theories and misinformation spreading on its app.  (IANS)

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Instagram Now Copying TikTok, Snapchat to Promote its IGTV Feature

However, the photo-messaging app is still trying out ways to make the feature work as intended

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FILE - The Instagram icon is displayed on a mobile screen in Los Angeles. VOA

Desperate to promote its IGTV feature for posting longer videos, Facebook-owned photo-video sharing app Instagram is now copying TikTok and Snapchat with their use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and interface design.

Depending on the tried and tested methods of the two apps, Instagram’s IGTV has ditched its category-based navigation system’s tabs like “For You”, “Following”, “Popular”, and “Continue Watching” for just one central feed of algorithmically suggested videos — much like TikTok, TechCrunch reported on Monday.

With its new design, IGTV has also moved on from its awkward horizontal scrolling design to a Snapchat Discover-like vertical “infinity grid” layout of recommended clips.

The new design showed up in last week’s announcements for Instagram Explore’s new Shopping and IGTV discovery experiences.

“The idea is this is more immersive and helps you to see the breadth of videos in IGTV rather than the horizontal scrolling interface that used to exist,” the report quoted Will Ruben, Instagram’s product lead on Explore as saying.

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TikTok has over 54 million monthly active users (MAUs) in India. Pixabay

Launched in 2018, the long-form video hub that lives inside both a homescreen button in Instagram as well as a standalone app, has failed to host lengthier must-see original vertical content.

TSensor Tower estimates that the IGTV app has just 4.2 million installs worldwide, with just 7,700 new ones per day – implying less than half a per cent of Instagram’s billion-plus users have downloaded it. IGTV does not even rank on the overall charts and hangs low at number 191 on the US – Photo and Video app charts, according to App Annie, the report added.

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However, the photo-messaging app is still trying out ways to make the feature work as intended.

Recently, Instagram started showing IGTV videos as part of the usual news feed, in order to boost user-engagement with the longer video clips. (IANS)