Facebook-owned Instagram has a viral hoax message problem, which has spread rapidly on the platform. The message, which is a revived form of an old Facebook hoax, claims that Instagram is changing its rules and that the company can now use your photos for anything.
Instagram is working in new Boomerang styles as well as Layout for Stories. Boomerang will get five new styles in addition to the existing style. New grid layouts will also come to Stories. The platform is also working to bring App and Websites settings to the app as well as notifications filters and comment sharing.
Instagram users can now report content that they believe is false, in a move to curb the spread of misinformation on the platform. The flagged content on Instagram will be reviewed by the same third-party checkers that Facebook uses to review fake news.
Instagram has largely been spared the scrutiny associated with its parent company, which is in the crosshairs of regulators over alleged Russian attempts to spread misinformation around the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
Instagram will now show a notification to warn users who violate its community guidelines if their account is close to getting disabled. The Facebook-owned company has also updated its policies for violating content.
Instagram has confirmed it is testing a feature that hides like counts on posts for select users in countries including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Ireland, Italy, Japan, and New Zealand. The hide like counts feature was reportedly limited to Canada initially as a test for limited users.