According to the head of Instagram, Adam Mosseri, already Meta will not recommend political content to users on Instagram and Threads. Mosseri said users will still see political content from accounts they follow, but applications will no longer “actively amplify” such posts with their algorithms. The Instagram boss didn’t elaborate on how Meta determines what is considered “political,” but a Meta spokesperson said that this includes topics related to elections and social issues.

“Our definition of political content is content that is likely to concern topics related to government or elections; for example, posts about laws, elections or social topics,” said the spokesperson. “These global topics are complex and dynamic, which means that this definition will evolve and we will continue to work with the people and communities who use our platforms and with external experts to refine our approach (on these issues).”

While Meta will limit its suggestions on political topics by default, but those who want to see such content will have the option to opt-in to it through Instagram and Threads app settings. The company said the update won’t affect how people see posts from accounts they’ve chosen to follow. “Our goal is to preserve the ability for people to choose whether they want to be confronted with political contentand respect each person’s taste for such content,” said Mosseri.

This change is the latest way that the company Meta tries to discourage Threads users from discussing topics it deems potentially problematic.

Source: engadget.com