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Instagram Is Hiding Digital Art & Photoshops, Asserting They’re ‘False’
By Izza Sofia, 15 Jan 2020
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A photographer has called out Instagram over a new feature that creatives might think is a step too far.
In an attempt to combat fake news, Instagram introduced an update that flags fake photos. However, this feature has the potential to make things difficult for photographers to share their content.
San Francisco-based photographer Toby Harriman found out that one of his posts got flagged with a “False Information” warning while scrolling through his Instagram feed. Upon clicking on the overlay that hid his image, he realized it was a picture of a man standing on rainbow mountains.
Harriman related his discovering on Facebook, writing, “Looks like Instagram will start tagging false photos/ digital art.”
According to Instagram, the feature involves it gathering feedback from users and technology to “identify” which photos should be handed to third-party fact-checkers.
If a photo is determined as “fake,” it will be hidden behind the “False Information” message, and a user can only view it by tapping on it to remove the overlay. The “fake photos” are also then removed from the Explore page and flagged in future posts that circulate the same content.
Though this tool is important in the current world, Harriman feels that Instagram might have gone “a bit too far.” He details that he has a “huge respect for digital art,” and isn’t keen on having to “click through barriers” to view the artworks on Instagram.
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