How is Instagram addressing false information through third-party fact-checkers?

At Instagram, we're committed to reducing the spread of false information.

We use both technology and feedback from our community to identify posts and accounts that may contain false information. We work with third-party fact-checkers across the globe who review content in over 60 languages and are certified through the non-partisan International Fact-Checking Network to help identify, review and label false information.

Learn more about the global list of third-party fact checking organizations and their contact info, in the Facebook Help Center.

Reducing the distribution of false information
  • Making false information harder to find: When third-party fact checkers identify false information, altered content or content with missing context on Instagram, we may make it harder to find by filtering it from Explore and hashtag pages and reducing its visibility in Feed and Stories.
  • Using technology to find the same false information: When a post is rated false, partly false, missing context, or satire by third-party fact-checkers on Instagram or Facebook, we use image matching technology to find further instances of this content and automatically label identical content if it is posted elsewhere on Instagram or Facebook.
  • Labeling posts with false information warnings: Posts that have been identified as false information by third-party fact-checkers are labeled so people can better decide for themselves what to read, trust and share. When a false information label is applied, it appears to everyone around the world viewing that content and can be seen in Feed, Profile, Stories and Direct. The label will link out to the rating from the fact-checker and provide links to articles from credible sources that debunk the claim(s) made in the post.
Giving you more tools to identify and give feedback on false information

Keep in mind that the original content of politicians is not sent to third-party fact checkers for review. Learn more about how Facebook and Instagram fact-check political speech

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