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Instagram has reportedly shifted its algorithm to favor news content after complaints from staff about Palestinian censorship

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  • Instagram has changed its algorithm to prioritize current events and viral posts, according to the Financial Times.
  • A company spokesperson confirmed to Insider the change would happen “over time.”
  • Facebook, which owns Instagram, has faced criticism from pro-Palestinian activists in and outside the company.

Instagram has reportedly made adjustments to its algorithm in favor of news and viral content after internal and external concerns that users were not able to see pro-Palestinian content that was being shared on the app.

Two people with knowledge of the change told the Financial Times that Instagram has changed the way it prioritizes which Instagram Stories are shown first in users’ feeds. Previously, the company prioritized original content in stories over stories that featured content that was shared or reposted from other users.

The app will now rank both original and shared stories equally, sources told the Financial Times.
“Stories that…

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