Instagram to let users flag misinformation

Instagram unveiled a new tool this week that will allow users to report misinformation spreading on its platform.

The new reporting feature is the latest installment in Instagram’s ongoing battle to stave off the scourge of misinformation — including medical hoaxes, scams and Russian-inspired disinformation campaigns — that have flourished for years on the image-sharing platform owned by Facebook.

By the end of the month, users in the U.S. will be able to report images that they believe spread misinformation. Those flagged posts will be reviewed by Instagram’s newly established pilot fact-checking program.

“Starting today, people can let us know if they see posts on Instagram they believe may be false,” Facebook spokeswoman Stephanie Otway said in a statement. “We’re investing heavily in limiting the spread of misinformation across our apps, and we plan to share more updates in the coming months.”

If the fact-checkers determine the post is false, Instagram will no longer promote the post on its explore and hashtag pages, but the post will be allowed to remain up.