Tyler Zed

Fact Check

Instagram accuses YouTuber's satire photo of being an 'altered photo': YouTuber Tyler Zed tweeted that he posted a satirical photo on Instagram of "HalloWieners: Black Licorice Flavored Hot Dogs," which was then slapped with an interstitial by Instagram. A filter was placed over the photo accusing Zed of posting an "altered photo" and linked out to a fact-check by USA Today. Fact-checked posts lose exposure on Facebook feeds as they are negatively affected by the platform's algorithm. Instagram specifically claimed in its fact-check that "[t]he same altered photo was reviewed by independent fact-checkers in another post." USA Today headlined its fact-check: "Despite viral image, Oscar Mayer is not selling black licorice hot dogs called 'Hallowieners.'" According to Facebook, users fail to click through a fact-check interstitial to see the post 95% of the time. Instagram, owned by Facebook, likely sees a similar effect.