American photo and video-sharing social networking service, Instagram has announced its plans to review its “policies, tools, and processes” to ensure black voices are heard.
Adam Mosseri, Instagram’s CEO made the announcement with a blog post which he shared on his personal twitter page.
“We stand in solidarity with the Black community. But that’s not enough. Words are not enough. That’s why we’re committed to looking at the ways our policies, tools, and processes impact Black people and other underrepresented groups on Instagram,” said the Instagram CEO.
In reviewing ways to help its black users, Instagram will focus on harassment, verification, distribution and algorithmic bias.
The blog post also mentioned that “Any work to address the inequalities black people face has to start with the specific safety issues they experience day to day, both on and off-platform.”
Shadowbanning is another area Instagram plans to tackle. For those who may not know, shadowbanning is the act of blocking or partially blocking a user or their content from an online community. A user who isn’t attentive may not realize he or she has been banned.
It also added: “We need to take a harder look at the underlying systems we’ve built, and where we need to do more to keep bias out of these decisions,” the company said.