Instagram apologizes for incorrectly flagging #EndSARS post as misinformation

Instagram #EndSARS is apologizing after falsely marking its algorithm as misinformation in support of Nigeria’s anti-police brutality movement. The Special Police Force, Special Anti-Robbery Squad or SARS have been charged for corruption and vandalism against protesters in the country.

“Yesterday our system was incorrectly marking content in support of #EndSARS, and marking the post as incorrect. We are deeply sorry for this. The issue has now been resolved, and we At such times, we apologize for disappointing our community. ” The company said Statement Thursday

Amnesty International said that the movement and the protests that took place this week made headlines. Nigeria’s security forces opened fire on a crowd of protesters, who were murdered by 12. SARS in 1992 as a deterrent to the country’s high crime rate by the Nigerian government. The squad operated in an anonymous manner in an effort to conduct its own investigation for the safety of its officers and without interference.

However, in later years, the youth of Nigeria accused the squad of corruption and cruelty, claiming that they harassed and tortured the protesting citizens. Amnesty International reported at least 82 cases of abuse and murder by SARS officers in the past three years.

On social media, in Nigeria and around the world, supporters of the protesters used #EndSARS to express support for the movement. However, some noticed that his Instagram and Facebook posts were marked by the company’s fact-checking banners.

According to one user, they got a message that Reading: “Incorrect: Another false information by fact-checkers was reviewed in another post. There may be small differences. Independent fact-checkers say that this information actually has no basis.”

In recent weeks, Facebook has resolved to stop misinformation before the 2020 US election, ban anti-vaccination ads, content that denies the Holocaust, and other conspiracy theory content. However, Facebook has not commented on what caused the activist content to be incorrectly stated, or whether any changes will be implemented to prevent this in the future.

In response, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari announced the dissolution of SARS earlier this week. However, the protesters said that when there was no official SARS, anonymous police forces were still present.

“The dissolution of SARS is the first step of our commitment to comprehensive police reforms,” ​​Bukhari said in a statement. “We will also ensure that all those responsible for the misconduct are brought to justice.”

In the last 48 hours, American celebrities such as Demi Lovato, Yara Shahidi And Rihanna, Using social media to highlight the plight of protesters, has supported the #EndSARS movement. In Nigeria, protests continue.


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