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Instagram warns users who share Russian state media, hides following lists in Russia and Ukraine – TechCrunch

Instagram announced Tuesday it was taking steps to dampen Russian government propaganda and protect user privacy in Ukraine and Russia.

The company will begin Downgrading of Contributions by Russian state-affiliated media, placing all articles from these channels among other content from other sources. Users who share stories originating from one of these accounts will now see a pop-up message warning them about spreading “Russia’s state-controlled media.”

“Instagram believes that the account that created this post may be partially or fully under the editorial control of the Russian government,” the message reads.

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Users sharing stories with link stickers pointing to domains associated with Russian state media receive the same treatment. Content from state-linked Russian accounts also no longer shows up in Instagram’s algorithmically populated discovery areas like Reels and the discovery tab, and Instagram says it doesn’t show up as easily in search either.

Instagram’s efforts to stem the flow of state-sponsored disinformation about the Russian invasion of Ukraine follow parallel efforts by Facebook. Facebook announced last week that it would similarly attempt to bury Russian state media by using warning notices and downgrading. Meta Head of Security Policy Nathaniel Gleicher said at the time that the labels were on the road “in the coming days”.

Instagram is also adding a new privacy measure for some users based in Ukraine and Russia. Now private accounts based in these countries will have their followers and followers lists private and their mutual friends lists hidden, adding a layer of protection that obscures real-world social connections.

Instagram and Facebook parent company Meta previously said it would do so Encrypted DMs available for all adult users in Ukraine and Russia and facilitate bulk deletion of content and activities for accounts in these countries.

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