Instagram will block hashtags spreading false news about vaccines

The new ban policy will apply even to those hashtags that canseem harmless, but in reality

are used to disseminate claims that have been refuted by science.

Instagram has previously blocked hashtags containingfalse information, such as #vaccinescauseautism and #vaccinescauseaids. Now the company will also block hashtags that do not necessarily contain information that has been debunked by science, but are used by anti-vaccination agents to disseminate "false claims".

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When the hashtag is blocked by Instagram, it makesimpossible to search for content that has been marked by him. Attempting to click on a banned hashtag will not give any results and it will disappear from the search. Facebook has also taken similar steps to limit the spread of misinformation about vaccines.

Instagram said they are looking for new waysfight with fake news. The company is already showing a pop-up message when people search for hashtags related to self-mutilation, and wants to introduce a similar system that deals with publications about vaccines. Instagram told us that this process is still in its “early stages,” as they continue to develop their policies for potentially harmful content.