Instagram is changing the way it displays content after it was accused of suppressing pro-Palestinian messages during the recent conflict in Gaza.
Social media platforms during the recent Gaza conflict have been widely used to spread messages of support to both sides.
It is stated that the application favored the original content in its function of “story” in relation to the existing, re-shared posts, but it will now provide them with equal treatment, reports the BBC.
The current system had a “greater impact than expected” on some types of jobs, but it was a side effect, not an attempt to censor a certain point of view, the company said.
A company spokeswoman said the logic of prioritizing original posts was that most Instagram users have more stories to follow than time to check them out, and the company believes people are “more interested in the original stories of their closest friends.”
“It has also led people to believe that we have suppressed stories on certain topics or points of view. We want to be really clear that this is not the case,” she said.
The spokeswoman also added that the company had seen this problem over a long period of time and that it was not just a reaction to the recent controversy.