Business Standard

Instagram asks some users about their race, ethnicity for 'understanding'

With an aim to better understand how different groups experience Instagram, the Meta-owned photo-sharing platform is beginning to ask some users about their race and ethnicity

Photo: Reuters

Photo: Reuters

IANS San Francisco
With an aim to better understand how different groups experience Instagram, the Meta-owned photo-sharing platform is beginning to ask some users about their race and ethnicity.
The company said if they do not know people's race or ethnicity, they will be limited in assessing how their products impact different communities.
"To better understand different experiences people may have on Instagram, we need to collect and measure demographic information, like race and ethnicity," the company said in a blogpost.
"We will ask a random assortment of people on Instagram in the US to participate in an optional survey where they can share this information," it added.
Over the next few months, people on Instagram in the US may see a prompt asking them about their race or ethnicity. This leads to a survey hosted by YouGov, an international research group that helps companies securely run surveys.
Individual, de-identified responses will be collected by YouGov, encrypted, and split into parts to be stored across partner research institutions.
Instagram said it will only have access to aggregated information, which means it cannot connect people or their Instagram accounts to their individual responses.
"This information will allow us to better understand the experiences different communities have on Instagram, how our technology may impact different groups, and if there are changes we can make to promote fairness," the company said.
The company also mentioned that participating in the survey is optional.
--IANS
vc/dpb

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Topics : Instagram

Don't miss the most important news and views of the day. Get them on our Telegram channel

First Published: Jul 29 2022 | 11:59 AM IST

Explore News