Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Celebrities & Public Figures
Madonna Instagram's post about hydroxychloroquine flagged for sharing 'False Information'
Madonna Instagram's post about hydroxychloroquine flagged for sharing 'False Information'
Credit: Madonna (Instagram)

Instagram flagged on Tuesday a video posted by Madonna as "False Information". The video, about hydroxychloroquine being a cure for Covid-19, spread the same misinformation as a clip that was previously taken down from Twitter after President Donald Trump shared it.

“This woman is my hero,” Madonna wrote in her post. “Thank you Stella Immanuel.”

The post, now deleted, appeared to Instagram users blurred with a warning over the video: "False Information.".

Technology • Internet & Web
Instagram enables 'Pinned Comments' feature to all users
Instagram's pinned comments
Instagram's pinned comments Credit: Vishal Shah (Twitter Reproduction)

Vishal Shah, Instagram's VP of product, announced all users can now pin up to three comments on their posts. The new feature allows users to "better manage the tone of the conversation".

The company started testing pinned comments back in May, alongside the ability to delete comments in bulk and choose who can tag and mention you on specific posts.

Business • Media & Advertising
Starbucks to pause social media advertising over hate speech
Starbucks store
Starbucks store Credit:

Starbucks has announced to halt advertising on "all social media platforms", though the company is not joining the #StopHateForProfit boycott campaign. The coffeehouse chain further stated it would hold "discussions internally and with media partners and civil rights organizations to stop the spread of hate speech" but would continue to post on social media platforms without paid promotion.

"We believe in bringing communities together, both in person and online, and we stand against hate speech," so the company in a statement on Sunday. "We believe more must be done to create welcoming and inclusive online communities, and we believe both business leaders and policy makers need to come together to affect real change."

Technology • Internet & Web
Giphy to be bought by Facebook for $400 million
Giphy Logo
Giphy Logo Credit: Giphy

According to a report by Axios, Facebook is set to acquire Giphy, an animated GIF online database and search engine founded in 2013, for $400 million. Giphy will supposedly keep its branding and will soon be integrated into Instagram.

Regional News • Americas • Brazil
Twitter, Facebook and Instagram delete Brazilian President posts

Brazilian President, Jair Bolsonaro, posted videos of himself going into crowds in Brasilia, hyping hydrochloride as a cure, and encouraging an end to isolation.

First, Twitter, and now Facebook and Instagram, deleted the posts for violating platform rules.