By MICHAEL MARTIN, Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The social media platform Instagram, which has long offered free social media services to its users, is now providing users with a warning.
The company said Wednesday that fake news is now a serious problem and is a growing threat.
Instagram has taken steps to curb fake news in recent weeks and now requires all users to report news that they see as false or misleading.
The announcement comes as the company prepares to launch an app that allows users to easily filter and report news to their friends.
The app, called Report Fake News, is expected to launch next month.
Instagram says it will have a system in place to help users report news before it reaches the public.
It also said it is making it easier for people to report misinformation.
The problem of fake news has grown in the past few years, with social media companies increasingly focused on curbing misinformation and promoting real news.
The issue has also become a flashpoint in presidential campaigns.
Some Democrats are calling for a ban on political ads on Instagram and other social media platforms.
Facebook Inc. has said it wants to make it easier to remove fake news.
Instagram said it will not be able to do that and instead will work with law enforcement and other regulators to remove content that appears to be fake news or misinformation.
It said it’s working with law-enforcement to share information about threats to safety and security.
The social-media giant is one of the largest players in the media and advertising space.
Its platform has more than 500 million users and generates more than $2 billion in revenue each month.
Its stock closed up more than 3% to $26.90 in after-hours trading.