Instagram has started to label ‘state-controlled media’ - MellonPost
October 27, 2020

Instagram has started to label ‘state-controlled media’

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Facebook has consistently faced a lot of criticism for its hands-off approach to the misinformation shared on its platforms, leading to Joe Biden’s campaign manager, Jen O’Malley Dillon calling it the “the nation’s foremost propagator of disinformation.”

The company has now started labeling what it believes are state own media pages on Instagram, although many of the brands have disagreed and have updated their profiles while also currently contesting the labels in court as can be seen in some screenshot below;

And so now Facebook says it also plans to add the labels to Instagram ads in the months to come.

“Instagram defines ‘state-controlled media’ as media outlets that Instagram believes may be partially or wholly under the editorial control of their government, based on our own research and assessment against a set of criteria developed for this purpose,” the company says on the page. “We hold these accounts to a higher standard of transparency because we believe they combine the influence of a media organization with the backing of a state.”

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