Instagram will block hashtags spreading fake news about vaccines

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Recently, the social media platform, Instagram faced a lot of criticism on the methods through which it handles the misinformation about vaccines.

Apparently, the company proclaims that it will block all hashtags that promotes false information about vaccination.

This new policy will be a part of Instagram’s ban policy on hashtags. All of those policies are weak and unrelated and recent criticism has exposed it badly.

Previously, the social media platform, Instagram has blocked the hashtags that contain misinformation such as #vaccinescauseaids and #vaccinescauseautism.

From now on, the company will be blocking hashtags containing not only the debunked information but also anti-vaxxers that publish false information.

Instagram will block a group or multiple groups who will be involved in sharing false information. When Instagram blocks any hashtag, then content related to the particular hashtags will not be accessible.

Therefore, it will be difficult for you to find that content. Moreover, if you click on a blocked hashtag, nothing will appear before you and you even can’t search for it.

Similarly, Facebook is also taking steps for limiting the spread of false information.  According to reports, the company is searching for new ways that can help in limiting fake news.

Apparently, if you search for a block hashtag, a pop-up message will appear. The company proclaims that this feature is still in its development stage. The company is trying its best and it is changing its policies for handling potentially harmful content.

Earlier this week, Instagram has released numerous new universal guidelines, that explains how an account will be banned along with new tools for allowing users to appeal against the takedown.