Instagram Tweaks Its Algorithm After It Was Accused Of Censoring Pro-Palestinian Content
Instagram has made changes to its algorithm after a group of its employees reportedly complained that pro-Palestinian content was not viewable for users during the conflict in Gaza.
The employees at Instagram made numerous appeals about content that had been censored by automated moderation, as reported by theverge.
Now, the company has made changes in its AI systems.
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Social media firms like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram have been criticized over the past several weeks about how they handled the content around the conflict between Israel and Palestine.
“Our policies are designed to give everyone a voice while keeping them safe on our apps, and we apply these policies equally, regardless of who is posting or their personal beliefs,” a Facebook spokesperson had said in a statement.
“We have a dedicated team, which includes Arabic and Hebrew speakers, closely monitoring the situation on the ground, who are focused on making sure we’re removing harmful content while addressing any enforcement errors as quickly as possible,” the company spokesperson was quoted as saying.