Here’s Why Instagram Is Saying Sorry To Caribbean Carnival Posters

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News Americas, WASHINGTON, Fri. Aug. 2, 2019:  Instagram, the photo and video-sharing social networking service owned by Facebook, Inc., is saying “sorry” to many Caribbean carnival posters after posts under hashtags related to carnivals in the Caribbean were hidden.

 Instagram now says it was a “mistake” for saying posters of Caribbean carnival photos ran afoul of the platform’s community guidelines.

Most received the message: “Recent posts from [hashtag] are currently hidden because the community has reported some content may not meet Instagram’s community guidelines.”

But Caribbean posters and carnival fans were not taking it lightly and complained vigorously. The result – Instagram rolled back the policy.

Alex Kucharski, an Instagram spokesperson told VICE: “The hashtags #xuvocarnival and #trinidadcarnival2020, among others, were restricted in error and we are restoring them to full visibility. We apologize for the mistake. Over a billion people use Instagram every month, and operating at that size means mistakes are made – it is never our intention to silence members of our community.”

The supposed roll back comes ahead of the Toronto Carnival celebration this weekend and as the countdown begins to the annual West Indian American Labor Day Carnival in Brooklyn, NY.

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