Instagram, Threads to start limiting the recommendation of political content

Business Saturday 10/February/2024 07:24 AM
Instagram, Threads to start limiting the recommendation of political content

New Delhi: Instagram users will no longer be bombarded with unwanted political content on their feed.

As per Variety, Instagram, in a blog post, said it will not "proactively recommend" political content from accounts that users do not already follow.

The same policy is also applied to Threads, the Twitter-like app launched last summer under the Instagram brand.

"We want Instagram and Threads to be a great experience for everyone. If you decide to follow accounts that post political content, we don't want to get between you and their posts, but we also don't want to proactively recommend political content from accounts you don't follow," the Meta-owned company said.

Both apps will add a setting to let users who still want to see political content recommendations opt to do so -- and, according the post, the same control will roll out on Facebook at a later date. Instagram defines "political content" as "potentially related to things like laws, elections or social topics."

"Our goal is to preserve the ability for people to choose to interact with political content, while respecting each person's appetite for it," Instagram head Adam Mosseri wrote in a post on Threads.

The updated policy to discontinue recommending political content applies to areas of Instagram including Explore, Reels, In-Feed Recommendations and Suggested Users.

Meta has already been deprioritising political content across its social apps, including on Facebook. "People have told us they want to see less political content, so we have spent the last few years refining our approach on Facebook to reduce the amount of political content - including from politicians' accounts - you see in Feed, Reels, Watch, Groups You Should Join, and Pages You May Like," the company explained in a post on its Transparency Center site, Variety reported.

The Instagram blog post noted that professional accounts on the app can check the Account Status setting to see if their posts are eligible to be recommended -- based on whether they recently posted "political content." If Instagram has blocked an account's posts from recommendations, pro users may edit or remove recent posts to regain eligibility or request a review if they disagree with Instagram's designation.