INSTAGRAM CHANGES ALGORITHM FOLLOWING GAZA CONFLICT

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Instagram is changing the way it showcases content after being accused of suppressing pro-Palestinian messages during the recent Gaza conflict.

The company said the app had favoured original content in its “stories” feature over existing, re-shared posts, but will now give them equal treatment.

The current system had a “bigger impact than expected” on some types of posts.

Instagram said that was an unintended side-effect rather than an attempt to censor any particular viewpoint.

During the recent Gaza conflict, social media platforms were heavily used to spread messages of support on both sides.