Instagram Fumbles Moderation of Abortion Content

From CNET: Becca Rea-Tucker shared a photo of a pink cake she had baked bearing the message "pro-abortion" in white icing with her 252,000 Instagram followers.

As Instagram users started to repost the cake photo, the Texas author and baker learned on Tuesday that Instagram had labeled the photo as "sensitive" for possibly containing "graphic or violent content." Others told Rea-Tucker Instagram had hidden the photo behind a warning and asked them to verify their age.

"I do think that Instagram's algorithm suppresses accounts like mine that are vocally pro-abortion," she said. "It's really disappointing, but definitely not surprising."

Rea-Tucker isn't the only Instagram user who thinks the social network, owned by Facebook parent company Meta, is restricting abortion rights content. On Tuesday, Instagram tweeted that content was inadvertently being labeled as sensitive when it shouldn't have been. The company blamed the problem on a "bug" that it said it's working to resolve.

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