April 14, 2024

Yay! 🥳 It's Official. I'm Now Verified On Instagram. 🙌 ALSO, I'm So Excited To Say That I Am Officially Back On X! 🥰🥳🎉🙌 New Instagram Censorship Feature You Might Want To Change.

GlobalAwareness101 published Yay! 🥳 It's official. Finally nudged myself to get my Instagram account verified. 🙌

The song I picked for this moment is "Walking in the Sunshine" by Ella Fitzgerald. 😊❤

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GlobalAwareness published I'm so excited to say that I am officially back on X! 🥰🥳🎉🙌

I took a chance with the attitude I had nothing to lose trying, and sent an appeal in to X support asking to restore my account and was approved today. 😁

I was suspended January 2021 for a post saying Fauci funded Wuhan laboratory in China research that has now 3 years later been proven be accurate after being falsely accused of "misinformation".

Vindication feels good.

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Of course they did this right before the election.
GlobalAwareness101 published Instagram Censoring Political Content Before Elections.

Here's What To Do. I just found out that Instagram added this new censorship feature. Default is automatically set to limit political content.

If you want this changed so you can see all your favorite people on your Instagram feed and discover new people who get your attention with the information they share, go to your Instagram settings in your profile page, then scroll down to "content preferences", then select "political content" then switch to "don't limit". 👈 You may want to also change the "Reduced by fact-checking" to "don't reduce". This is right below the "political content" selection.

The views and comments for my videos dropped dramatically the moment Instagram added this new censorship feature for everyone. That's because my videos are not showing up on anyone's Instagram feed who hasn't changed this new censorship default feature they snuck in.

Hat tip to @iwendtster for sharing this information with us and I'm now sharing with my followers.

written by Meera Navlakha
Monday March 25, 2024

Instagram users will be seeing a lot less political content on their feeds — if that's what they want.

The Meta-owned social media company announced that political content will be automatically limited from people's suggested posts in Explore, Reels, Feed Recommendations, and Suggested Users. This won't affect the content from accounts that someone follows.

Meta has been moving away from news-related and political content for a while now, with concerns about the spread of misinformation, disinformation, and extremism on platforms like Instagram.

The change is complicated. Election season is coming for the world's largest democracies, and this appears to be Meta's way of limiting rampant misinformation. Instagram is defining political content as "likely to mention governments, elections, or social topics that affect a group of people and/or society at large." As Mashable's Christianna Silva reports, "Social media sites have been rife with misinformation and disinformation during past elections. It seems Meta's response to these egregious mistakes is to make political content rarer on its platforms."

But as critics have pointed out, social media giants are also crucial for providing information, keeping communities engaged, and for letting users know what is actually affecting people globally. Instagram has been flagged for shadowbanning vital information about the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, for example, and people are now expressing concern that posts about issues affecting marginalized groups will be eclipsed on the platform. And, as several outlets have noted, the language around what Instagram defines as "political" is also vague, which means these limits have the potential to affect content about women's rights, climate change, race, and LGBTQ issues.

For many, the absence of politically-inclined content is a privilege: not having to engage with issues the world is facing is a choice in itself, and not available to all.

The choice is up to users, and you can head to Instagram settings to make the decision for yourself. Many users have found that their content preferences have been automatically set to limiting political content, furthering the idea that Instagram is trying to distance its users from accessing such content. Here's how to work around it.

How to work around Instagram's political content limit

Step 1: Click on the three bars at the top right of your profile.

Step 2: Scroll down or search for "content preferences".

Step 3: Click on "Political content".

Step 4: Select "Don't limit": the option that makes sure political content is still recommended.

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