If you use Instagram, you may have noticed several photos on your main feed being blurred out this week – but don’t panic, this is happening to everyone.
The blurring is part of Instagram ’s drive to prevent ‘false information’ spreading on its platform, and means that some Photoshopped images are being flagged.
Instagram explained: “At Instagram, we're committed to reducing the spread of false information.
“You may come across a post on Instagram that’s been marked as false information by an independent third-party fact checker.
“We work with 45 third-party fact-checkers across the globe who are certified through the non-partisan International Fact-Checking Network to help identify, review and label false information.”
If one of Instagram’s third-party fact checkers identifies false information on Instagram, the platform will make the photo harder to find on Explore or Hashtags.
However, the original post will still appear on the user’s profile and in their followers' newsfeeds, so Instagram has decided to blur these images, and add a warning.
Thankfully, you can still see these images if you so wish to.
Instagram added: “If a post has been identified by a third-party fact checker as false information you can tap See Why to view the fact-checking organisation and why they identified the post as false information [or] tap See Post to view the post.”
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