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Instagram now lets users flag incorrect information

(CNN) – Instagram rolls out a new feature that allows users to flag incorrect information.

The Facebook-owned photo-sharing platform said in a statement that the tool will be available to all users by the end of August.

"I'm proud that people from today can tell us if they see posts on Instagram that they believe may be fake," said Instagram chief Adam Mosseri in a tweet. "There is still more to do to stop the spread of misinformation, more to come."

Like other social media platforms, Instagram has been used to spread fake news and misinformation. In May, the platform began blocking hashtags, promoting incorrect information about vaccine safety.

Instagram said users will now be able to report incorrect information by clicking the three dots in the upper-right corner of each post, pressing buttons to label it as "inappropriate" and then as "false information."

Flagged posts are reviewed by fact checkers. Instagram said it would not remove false information, but problematic posts will not appear on the platform's search, hashtag or exploration pages.

The new tool is based on a move Instagram made in May to use image detection to find content that had already been debunked on Facebook.

"We will also use this feedback to train artificial intelligence technology, which will enable us to proactively find and assess erroneous information on Instagram without the need for a report," Instagram said in the announcement.

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