After being accused of censoring content in favor of the Palestinian narrative during the recent explosion of violence between Israeli military and Hamas terrorists, Instagram announced they would be making changes to their underlying algorithm.
The change involves giving so-called “equal treatment” to both original content and re-shared posts in Instagram’s popular “stories” feature, with the current system having a “bigger impact than expected” on some types of posts, according to the BBC.
A spokesperson for the social media platform, which is owned by Facebook, explained that the earlier algorithm was built on the premise that original posts should be prioritized since most Instagram users had too many stories to view each day, with Instagram positing that users were “more interested in original stories from their closest friends.”
“It’s also caused people to believe we were suppressing stories about particular topics or points of view. We want to be really clear — this isn’t the case,” the Instagram spokesperson said, as reported