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How to report ‘false information’ on Instagram

In its fight to tackle fake news, Instagram is introducing a new feature that lets its users report posts that they believe to contain 'false information'.

In an attempt to tackle misinformation on the platform, Instagram is handing over the power to report posts with false information to its users.

Empowering users in this way is definitely a step in the right direction for the visual-based platform.

Who previously stated that they were handling fake news posts by having their in-house fact-checkers hide any post they confirmed to be false.

‘Hiding’ a post on Instagram removes the post from Instagram’s Explore feature, & any hashtag searches on the platform.

A reasonable resolution, right?

Unfortunately, more often than not, many pieces of false information go undetected & so continue to make their way onto and exist on Instagram.

But with this newly introduced feature – that is reported as being available from the end of August – Instagram is giving its users the power to help overcome this issue.

Here’s how you can take advantage of it.

How to report false information on Instagram

If you’re wanting to report false information on the platform, here’s how:

  1. Select the three vertical dots on the upper right-hand-side of the post you’re wanting to report.
  2. Tap the ‘It’s inappropriate’ option to view Instagram’s reporting options.
  3. Choose the ‘False information’ option at the bottom of this list.
  4. The post will now be reported as containing ‘False information’. To view this post again, tap ‘Show Post’.

What do you think of this new feature? Let us know in the comments.

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