Slow Your Scroll: Why Your Bookstagram Might Look Different

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It’s an election year, which means politics take center stage in many news outlets and advertising platforms. One of the most noticeable platforms for political content in recent years has been Facebook and Instagram. However, you might have noticed your feeds going silent on the political and book front lately. 

 

No, this is not because everyone collectively decided to stop voicing their opinions online. It’s because Meta corporation has recently implemented content moderation processes on their platforms. 

 

If you didn’t know that, you’re not alone.

 

Meta announced this new policy in an un-promoted blog post back in February of this year. The aim of this policy was to reduce the amount of political content a user may randomly come across while browsing either platform. It does not filter the political content from accounts you already follow, but it does prevent political content from other accounts you don’t follow. 

 

This new policy has been automatically applied to your account whether you knew about it or not. If you don’t want a censored feed, you must opt-out of the moderation setting in your account settings. 

 

So, What Classifies an Account as Political? 

The term “Political Content” is really an umbrella term for a bunch of different topics in this case. The moderation policy impacts any videos and accounts that discuss subjects related to government policy, elections, posts about laws and bills, and other social topics. This new setting applies to your feed, reels, explore, and suggested users. 

 

Why Does This Matter to People Who Love Books?

Books and commentary on political and social topics go hand in hand. Many of the greatest works of literature were inspired by tumultuous social and political climates. Books can inspire communication and community within people while tackling complex social and political subjects, including banned books. 

 

The truth is, platforms like Instagram have helped inspire a resurgence in reading and connecting to other readers, especially among younger generations. Human connectedness has undeniably migrated away from in-person communication to online platforms, and this is not always a bad thing. 

 

People can now connect to authors and other readers to discuss the books that help shape who they are with relative ease. As of right now, platforms like Instagram and Facebook are an essential part of book and literature discourse. 

 

By limiting the outreach of content surrounding banned books, you limit the discussions around them. This doesn’t just affect Rediscivered Books, but the book community as a whole. 

 

So, if you’re interested in seeing content related to banned books and other information surrounding libraries in Idaho, you’ll have to enable political content on your Instagram account. 

 

How To Disable Content Moderation Settings on Instagram

  • Open your Instagram Mobile app. 
  • Go to your personal profile and tap the 3-line icon at the top right corner of the screen. 
  • Select “settings and activity” or “settings and privacy” menu.
  • Scroll to the “what you see” section, and select “content preferences” or “suggested content” depending on the region you’re in. 
  • From there, you should see two options:
    • Limit political content from people you don't follow (enabled by default)

OR

  • Don’t limit political content from people you don’t follow